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Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPreferred language
METeOR identifier:Help on this term659407
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The language (including sign language) most preferred by the person for communication, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—preferred language

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2016
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NNN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

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 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

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This may be a language other than English even where the person can speak fluent English.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016a. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) 2016. ABS cat. no.1267.0. Canberra: ABS.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016b. Language Standards 2016. ABS cat. no.1200.0.55.005. Canberra: ABS.

Relational attributes

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See also Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018

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