Australian Bureau of Statistics
1267.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL), 2011
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/08/2011
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WHY WE USE IT
Responses provided in statistical and administrative collections are not always identical to the recognised names of the classification categories. A coding index is therefore required to link responses to the classification so that they can be coded to an appropriate category. The coding index contains a comprehensive list of the most likely responses to questions relating to language and their correct classification codes. (See the coding index in alphabetical and numerical code order in the ASCL data cube)
HOW IT WAS DEVELOPED
The coding index was developed through literature research, consultation with stakeholders, and analysis of existing ABS data, including responses obtained in ABS statistical collections. It is used to code responses to questions such as, 'First Language Spoken', 'Languages Spoken at Home' and 'Main Language Spoken'.
As well as the actual language, a number of categories cover dialects and regional language varieties not separately identified in the classification. In addition to its coding function, this numerical index can be used to clarify the nature, extent and varietal content of each language category.
When coding responses in statistical or administrative collections, the following rules apply:
A response should only be coded to a residual category if it is clear that it belongs in that category. Responses which are not precise enough to be coded to any category should be assigned the appropriate supplementary code.
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This page last updated 26 April 2012