A part of ISO 639-3 Language Names follows:

fan fan fan     I   L   Fang (Equatorial Guinea)    
fao fao fao fo  I   L   Faroese 
fap             I   L   Palor   
far             I   L   Fataleka    
fas per fas fa  M   L   Persian 
fat fat fat     I   L   Fanti   
fau             I   L   Fayu    
fax             I   L   Fala    
fay             I   L   Southwestern Fars   
faz             I   L   Northwestern Fars   
fbl             I   L   West Albay Bikol    
fcs             I   L   Quebec Sign Language    

Unfortunately language names are written in English only. Is there any translation of ISO-639-3 in other languages and/or native name of each languages?

Wikipedia provided partially such translation in 6 languages+native name.

Is there any active project to provide such database?

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Yes, there is:



The data is stored in XML files, however, so it may take some processing to extract the data you have in mind.

  • Please see: cldr.unicode.org/index/cldr-spec/… The default in CLDR, as I understand it, is to use a two-letter code if one exists (en, es, de…), and a three-letter code otherwise.
    – Sonmi 451
    Commented Nov 21, 2012 at 7:17
  • Thanks, it seems that is just cover live languages and not extinct ones Commented Nov 21, 2012 at 10:27
  • That’s true. Is there a specific list of extinct languages you need translated? If you’re looking for a complete multilingual list of extinct languages I’m not sure that such a thing exists.
    – Sonmi 451
    Commented Nov 25, 2012 at 21:16

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