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377 - Associated Language (R)


MARC 21 Bibliographic - full
September 2011

First Indicator Second Indicator
Undefined
# - Undefined

Source of code
# - MARC language code
7 - Source specified in subfield $2


Subfield Codes
  • $a - Language code (R)
  • $l - Language term (R)
  • $2 - Source (NR)
  • $6 - Linkage (NR)
  • $8 - Field link and sequence number (R)

FIELD DEFINITION AND SCOPE

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 for using field 377 in relation to field 008/35-37, 041 and 546 in those cases where the Bibliographic format is used to represent a work or expression with no manifestation information:

At 008: The 008 supports primarily machine indexing of the language of the resource for user tasks to find and select. Always supply 008 for a resource/manifestation or an expression, but do not supply if the record is for a work.

At 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.

At 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.

At 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 $l. In an expression description, fields 008 and 546 may also contain language information.


GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING CONTENT DESIGNATORS

INDICATORS

First Indicator - Undefined

Undefined and contains a blank (#).

Second Indicator - Source of code

# - MARC language code
7 - Source specified in $2

Source of language code is indicated by a code in subfield $2.

SUBFIELD CODES

$a - 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.

$l - Language term

Language that a person, organization, or family uses for publication, communication, etc., or in which a work is expressed.

$2 - Source

Specifies a code that identifies the source of the language code in subfield $a.

Code from: Language Code and Term Source Codes.

$6 - Linkage

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$8 - Field link and sequence number

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


CONTENT DESIGNATOR HISTORY

Field 377 - Associated Language [NEW, 2011]

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