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546 LANGUAGE NOTE
 
 

The Language Note provides information about the language(s) of the described material if it is not already obvious from the rest of the record.

Notes about language editions in additional physical formats or by other publishers are recorded in General Note field 500, not in 546.

The text of the Language Note is recorded in 546 subfield $a. Optionally, the name of the alphabet, script, or other symbol systems used to record the language may be recorded in 546 subfield $b. Three-letter language codes corresponding to the languages in which the item is issued are recorded in field 041, and the code for the language of the item being described is recorded in 008 (Header) position 35-37.

Examples:

041 0_ $a fre
546 $a French only.

041 0_ $a engfre
546 $a English and French only.
[a UN document in a series that normally would be issued in all official languages; the words «English and French only» appear on the document t.p. in the symbol block of the masthead]

041 0_ $a arachiengfrerusspa
546 $a Executive summary issued in all official languages; annexed report in English only.
[for UN documents, the languages in which the t.p and executive summary are issued are given priority over the language(s) of annexed material, and are recorded in 041 $a, not in 041 $b]

041 0_ $a mularaengfrespa
546 $a Title and text also in Arabic.
[multilingual publication, Arabic-English-French-Spanish, for which only the English, French and Spanish titles are recorded in fields 245 and 246]

041 0_ $a mulengfrespa
546 $a English/French/Spanish only.
[a multilingual list of participants; the phrase «English/French/Spanish only» appears on the document t.p. in the symbol block of the masthead]

041 0_ $a eng
546 $a Includes a text in Spanish.

546 $a Contains press clippings in original languages.

546 $a Includes some contributions in French and Spanish.
[in the 3 cases above, the language of publication is chiefly English, but some texts are included in other languages]

041 0_ $a eng $b frespa
546 $a Summaries in English, French and Spanish.
[language of the publication is English; it includes summaries in 3 languages]

041 0_ $a mulengfre
546 $a Text in English and French on opposite pages; commentary in English.

041 0_ $a mulengfre
546 $a Text in English and French on inverted pages.

041 0_ $a eng
546 $a Translated from the original Greek.

041 0_ $a ger
546 $a Preface in English; introd. and text in German.

041 0_ $a kor $b eng
546 $a Text in Korean, with a summary in English.

041 0_ $a scc
546 $a In Serbo-Croation; $b Cyrillic alphabet.

041 $a mulengfre
546 $a Also issued in Russian.
[Multilingual English/French publication, also issued in a Russian edition]


But: Notes about language editions in additional physical formats or translations by other publishers are recorded in General Note 500:

041 $a mulengfrespa
500 $a Also available in Arabic, Chinese and Russian at International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO website (viewed 18 Dec. 2008).

041 $a arachiengfrerusspajpn
500 $a Japanese ed. published: Tokyo : Institute of Statistical Research, 2005.



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