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377 Associated Language (R)

       

Input Standards

Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Source of code
blank character MARC language code
7 Source is specified in subfield ǂ2
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards 
ǂa Language code (R) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂl Language term (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ2 Source (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional




Definition

Codes for languages associated with the entity described in the record. Includes the language a person uses when writing for publication, broadcasting, etc., a language a corporate body uses in its communications, a language of a family, or a language in which a work is expressed.

Guidelines

If the Bibliographic format is used to represent a work or expression with no manifestation information, follow these guidelines to use field 377 in relation to fixed field element Lang, field 041 and field 546:

Lang. The fixed field element Lang supports primarily machine indexing of the language of the resource for user tasks to find and select. Always supply Lang for a resource/manifestation or an expression, but do not supply if the record is for a work.

041. Supply 041 as needed and as applicable in bibliographic records for the manifestation only; do not use if the record is for a work or expression.

546. Use 546 to record textual information about language in bibliographic records for the manifestation or expression; do not use if the record is for a work.

377. When the resource description is for an expression, the 377 can be supplied even when one 377 duplicates the language information in the heading ǂl. In an expression description, Lang and field 546 may also contain language information.

1st Indicator

Undefined
 
blank character Undefined

2nd Indicator

Source of code
 
blank character MARC language code
 
7 Source is specified in subfield ǂ2

Subfields

 
ǂa Language code A language code identifying the language that a person, organization, or family uses for publication, communication, etc., or in which a work is expressed.
100 1   Nabokov, Vladimir, ǂd 1899-1977
377     eng ǂa rus
ǂl Language term Language that a person, organization, or family uses for publication, communication, etc., or in which a work is expressed.
130   Bible. ǂl Lenje. ǂf 2003
377     bnt ǂl Lenje
      [The Lenje language falls under the collective code of bnt (Bantu (Other))]
ǂ2 Source Specifies a code that identifies the source of the language code in subfield ǂa. See Language Code and Term Source Codes (http://www.loc.gov/standards/sourcelist/language.html).
110 2   Canadian Standards Association.
377     eng ǂa fre
377   7 en ǂa fr ǂ2 iso639-1
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.

This page last revised: October 6, 2016