Field definition and scope:

Field 377 contains codes for languages associated with the entity described in the record.  It 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.

The National level record requirement for this field is Optional.

Field 377 is repeatable.

Guidelines for applying content designators:

For indicator and subfield code definitions and examples, National level (NLR) record requirements, and designator repeatability, see table below:

Position

Description

NLR

Repeatability

Field 377

Associated Language

O

R

Indicator:

 

 

 

First

Undefined; contains a blank

M

 

 

 

 

 

Second

Source of code

M

 

#

MARC language code

A

 

7

Source specified in subfield $2

A

 

 

 

 

 

Subfield code:

 

 

 

$a

Language code

M

R

$l

Language term

 

R

$0

Authority record control number or standard number

 

R

$2

Source of code

A

NR

$6

Linkage

A

NR

$8

Field link and sequence number

O

R

Content designator history:

Field 377 - Associated Language  [new, 2009]

Subfield $l - Language term  [new, 2011]

Subfield $0 - Authority record control number or standard number  [new, 2016]

LC Guidelines:

 377  Associated Language

DCM Z1 Instructions:

 377  Associated Language

Related MARC fields or documents:

RDA in MARC Authority Data

MARC Code List for Languages

Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes:

Language Code and Term Source Codes

See also:

1XX, 3XX  Headings

Variable Data Fields