Survey—language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Technical name:||Survey—language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]|
The system of verbal or written communication used in a survey, as represented by a code.
|Data Element Concept:||Survey—language|
Value domain attributes
|Classification scheme:||Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2016|
|Maximum character length:||4|
Collection and usage attributes
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The ASCL has a three-level hierarchical structure. The most detailed level of the classification consists of languages which are represented by four-digit codes. The second level of the classification comprises narrow groups of languages (the Narrow group level), identified by two-digit and three-digit codes. The most general level of the classification consists of broad groups of languages (the Broad group level) and is identified by one-digit codes. The classification includes Australian Indigenous languages and sign languages.
For example, the Lithuanian language has a code of 3102. In this case 3 denotes that it is an Eastern European language, while 31 denotes that it is a Baltic language. The Pintupi Aboriginal language is coded as 8713. In this case 8 denotes that it is an Australian Indigenous language and 87 denotes that the language is a Western Desert language.
Language data may be output at the Broad group level, Narrow group level or the language level of the classification. Also, significant languages within a Narrow group can be presented separately with the remaining languages of the Narrow group aggregated. The same principle can be adopted to highlight significant Narrow groups within a Broad group.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Data element attributes
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