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Oracle® Database Reference
11g Release 1 (11.1)

B28320-03
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NLS_LANGUAGE

Property Description
Parameter type String
Syntax NLS_LANGUAGE = language
Default value Operating system-dependent, derived from the NLS_LANG environment variable
Modifiable ALTER SESSION
Range of values Any valid language name
Basic Yes

NLS_LANGUAGE specifies the default language of the database. This language is used for messages, day and month names, symbols for AD, BC, a.m., and p.m., and the default sorting mechanism. This parameter also determines the default values of the parameters NLS_DATE_LANGUAGE and NLS_SORT.

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