From: ISO 639 Joint
Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Joan Spanne
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 10:39
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Subject: Re: ISO 639 proposal -
Mahl - discussion
The first reference listed, the Wikipedia article,
indicates that "Mahl" is the same as "Dhivehi" or
Maldivian, and is a variant name used for political motivations:
is practically the same as or mutually intelligible with Divehi Language, the
official language of Maldives,
but differentiated in name for political reasons."
by any other name ought to still be [div].
Dear JAC members,
have received the proposal to include both alpha-2 and alpha-3 identifier for
Mahl. Please see the original proposal below.
and ISO 639-3 lists Mahl as a variant name for Maldivian (identifier
Linguasphere Registry lists "mahl" as a variant name for
"dhivehi" (59-ABA-aa) (= "Maldivian").
identifiers: The alpha-2 "ma" in available, in case we should decide
to include Mahl in the alpha-2 table. The proposed alpha-3 identifier
"mah" is not available. There are in fact very few free identifiers
starting with m, and no obvious one at all. If we want to assign an identifier
starting with m, I suggest "muf" (simply because all better choices
are already taken).
please (until 14 April).
This message has been copied to the proposer for information. He will not be
able to submit to the email list. Should he wish to add any information, he may
do so directly to me, and I shall forward it to the list.)
ORIGINAL SUBMISSION **********
Regarding documents in the Mahl language. And the name of
the institution and the number of documents at each.
1. in Central Institute
of Indian Langguages (has
atleast 3 documents).
2. Mahl Unit Press Minicoy (Text books in Mahl for I to IV
standards) Number of Documents N/A
3. Inaa-ee Library, Feridhoo, North Ari Atoll, MALDIVES (has
39 Text Books, 1 daily news paper, 17 Essay books, 2 poetry books and 1 book on
----> email: Inaa-ee Library <[log in to unmask]> of
the Director, Mr. Saud Abdel Kareem.
4. Bada Village Library, Minicoy, Lakshadweep, INDIA (Text
books and newspapers) Number of Documents N/A
lang_in_eng = Mahl
ref_where_found_1 = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahl_language
lang_in_vern = Maliku bas
ref_where_found_2 = http://www.mathaaran.net
evidence = Central Institute of Indian
addinfo = 300,000 in Minicoy, India
addinfo = 9495 in Minicoy island, Lakshadweep, INDIA.
request_addition = ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-2
2_code_suggestion = ma
3_code_suggestion = mah
submit_name = Iyaaz J Naseem
submit_email = [log in to unmask]
submit_status = Native speaker of the language