ISO 639-1:2002 has: English "Divehi; Maldivian", French "maldivien", indigenous "dhivehi". There is a note in my database stating "Names finalized by JAC 2000-08" next to both the English and the French name, plus a note that English name was then in effect changed in 639-2.
Anyway: none of the JAC members have so far spoken against English "Divehi; Dhivehi; Maldivian". Unless we get reactions quite soon, the new English set of names will be considered approved.
And French will remain unchanged.
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Maybe it's an error, but the current listing for the English form is:
and for French:
So we would be adding both the English form Maldivian and Dhivehi. Which is fine and I don't believe we need a vote. I don't have the information that Maldivian ever got approved as another form of the language name.
On Sun, 21 May 2006, [UTF-8] HÃ¥vard Hjulstad wrote:
> (1) In the Thaana script (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaana & http://www.omniglot.com/writing/thaana.htm) the name seems to be:
> (letters dhaalu+ibifili vaavu+ebefili haa+ibifili) That is Romanized
> "dhivehi" according to the system given in the Wikipedia.
> So the Romanized form of the indigenous name seems to be clearly "dhivehi".
> The question, however, is not the indigenous name. Looking up "Divehi" and "Dhivehi" in English returns more hits for the former, but a significant number also for the latter. And since the "daviyani" letter ("d") represents a spirant sound, while the "dhaalu" letter ("dh") actually represents the "d sound", there is every good reason to retain the English form Divehi.
> However, I don't have any objection to adding the other form, in effect changing the English name from "Divehi; Maldivian" to "Divehi; Dhivehi; Maldivian".
> The French name is just "maldivien". Should it remain unchanged?
> The indigenous name is already correct.
> (2) Do we need to vote on changing the English name from "Divehi; Maldivian" to "Divehi; Dhivehi; Maldivian"?
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> It seems to me that we should add the alternate spelling to the language name(s). Is there any objection to that?
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> 632-2) is wrong. It should be spelled as Dhivehi. Please refer to
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divehi and other Maldivian sites such as
> http://www.dhivehiobserver.com/, http://www.dhivehinet.net.mv/ typo =
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