LISBON — The Armenian Communities department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation enthusiastically welcomes the decision of SIL International to issue Western Armenian its own ISO code: HYW. This decision has a direct bearing on the revitalisation of Western Armenian. It allows this branch of the language to be uniquely identified in information systems and databases, enabling software engineers to develop electronic tools specific to Western Armenian. For example, the creation of Wikipedia, online translation services and dictionaries in Western Armenian will be greatly facilitated, not to mention the research undertaken by linguists, ethnographers and other experts. The ISO code confers, moreover, international recognition to Western Armenian as a distinct language branch which is important to advocate for online services and programmes provided by corporations in the field of information technologies.
“We are so pleased to see our collaboration with Wikimedia Armenia bear such an important result,” said Razmik Panossian, the Director of the Armenian Communities department at the Foundation. “We worked on the submission process together, and received invaluable support from international experts and prominent intellectuals, resulting in a very strong application.” The effective date for the use of the new code is 23 January 2018. The statement of Wikimedia Armenia in Armenian on receiving the HYW ISO code can be found here: Արեւմտահայերէնը արդէն առանձին լեզուական կարգանիշ ունի