The function of the Registry of Dialects (ROD) is to identify specific varieties of given languages (defined by ISO 639-3) that research has determined to require distinct presentations (such as audio, video or print) in order to overcome barriers of understanding or acceptance and provide unique, standardized codes for these dialects. Determining factors may include differences in vocabulary, grammatical construction, idioms, and marked accents, as well as religious or social barriers.

The Editor and Steward of the Registry of Dialects is Allan Starling, GRN.

Contents of the Registry of Dialects

The ROD contains a set of dialects of living languages that have been determined to require distinct media presentations. A code in this set represents a unique dialect of a language.

By definition the scope of a dialect code is always a smaller group of speakers than the group represented by the assigned language as a whole.

Each code is a standardized five-digit code (including leading zeros, when necessary) for uniquely referring to a particular dialect. Using a code from this set not only uniquely identifies the dialect, but also identifies the language of which it is a part, through its corresponding ISO 639-3 language code.

Information on the dialect is available in the Global Recordings Network website.

Thorough documentation for the Registry of Dialects is available on the Global Recordings website.

ROD Documents