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Language code (ASCL 1997) NN{NN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270752
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/02/2006
Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2006
Definition:Help on this termThe ASCL (1997) code set representing a language spoken by a person.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Languages 1997
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNN{NN}
Maximum character length:Help on this term4
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9900Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The ASCL has a three-level hierarchical structure. The most detailed level of the classification consists of base units (languages) which are represented by 4-digit codes. The second level of the classification comprises narrow groups of languages (the Narrow Group level), identified by the first two digits. The most general level of the classification consists of broad groups of languages (the Broad Group level) and is identified by the first digit. The classification includes Indigenous Australian 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 has a code of 8217. In this case 8 denotes that it is an Australian Indigenous language and 82 denotes that the language is Central Aboriginal.

Language data may be output at the Broad Group level, Narrow Group level or base level of the classification. If necessary significant Languages within a Narrow Group can be presented separately while the remaining Languages in the Narrow Group are aggregated. The same principle can be adopted to highlight significant Narrow Groups within a Broad Group.

Persons not in private residential settings should respond for at home as the most recent private residential setting in which that person has resided.

The reference in the title to at home may cause offence to homeless persons and should be shortened to main language other than English spoken where applicable.

CODE 9900     Not stated/inadequately described

This code is not for use on primary collection forms. It is primarily for use in administrative collections when transferring data from data sets where the item has not been collected.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Data collected at the 4-digit level (specific language) will provide more detailed information than that collected at the 2-digit level. It is recommended that data be collected at the 4-digit level however where this is not possible data should be collected at the 2-digit level.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Language code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Superseded 13/10/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 1997) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Not progressed 13/10/2005
Health, Superseded 08/02/2006
Community Services (retired), Superseded 29/04/2006

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