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He needs to demonstrate linguistic difference. I 
would be very surprised if this were not a 
dialect of standard Dhivehi.

At 10:22 +0200 2006-03-28, Håvard  Hjulstad wrote:
>Forwarded message from the original submitter.
>
>Håvard
>
>
>From: Iyaaz J Naseem [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:30 AM
>To: Håvard Hjulstad
>Subject: Re: ISO 639 proposal - Mahl - discussion
>
>Greetings,
>
>Though Mahl was listed as a variant name for 
>Maldivian before, Mahl is a separate language 
>linguistically and politically. So we as native 
>speakers request to both alpha-2 and alpha-3 
>identifier for Mahl.
>
>And since our language Mahl has got no codes 
>yet, we face a lot of difficulties especially in 
>the field of IT.
>
>If the proposed alpha-3 identifier "mah" is not 
>available, You can decide an identifier. I 
>suggest "mhl" as alpha-3 identifier. And The 
>alpha-2 identifier would be "ma" since it is 
>available as you have mentioned below.
>
>===========
>Iyaaz J Naseem
>
>
>
>
>On 3/24/06, Håvard Hjulstad <<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>Dear JAC members,
>
>We have received the proposal to include both 
>alpha-2 and alpha-3 identifier for Mahl. Please 
>see the original proposal below.
>
>Ethnologue and ISO 639-3 lists Mahl as a variant 
>name for Maldivian (identifier "div").
>
>The Linguasphere Registry lists "mahl" as a 
>variant name for "dhivehi" (59-ABA-aa) (= 
>"Maldivian").
>
>As to identifiers: The alpha-2 "ma" is 
>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).
>
>Discussion please (until 14 April).
>
>Best regards,
>Håvard Hjulstad
>
>(PS: 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).
>(please refer)
>--> 
><http://www.ciil.org/publication/All%20Publications/Video.htm>http://www.ciil.org/publication/All%20Publications/Video.htm
>--> 
><http://www.ciil.org/Prog05-06/Prog05-06.htm>http://www.ciil.org/Prog05-06/Prog05-06.htm
>
>2. Mahl Unit Press Minicoy (Text books in Mahl 
>for I to IV standards) Number of Documents N/A
>(please refer)
>---> 
><http://lakshadweep.nic.in/depts/press/unit_presses.htm>http://lakshadweep.nic.in/depts/press/unit_presses.htm
>
>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 
>religion)
>----> email: Inaa-ee Library 
><<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
>[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
>
>Correction:
>
>=============
>
>lang_in_eng = Mahl
>
>lang_in_fre =
>
>ref_where_found_1 = 
><http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahl_language>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahl_language
>
>lang_in_vern = Maliku bas
>
>ref_where_found_2 = <http://www.mathaaran.net/>http://www.mathaaran.net
>
>trans_lit =
>
>evidence = Central Institute of Indian Langguages
>
>addinfo = 300,000 in Minicoy, India and Maldives incorrect.
>
>addinfo = 9495 in Minicoy island, Lakshadweep, INDIA. (Correct)
>
>request_addition = ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-2
>
>2_code_suggestion = ma
>
>3_code_suggestion = mah
>
>submit_name = Iyaaz J Naseem
>
>submit_email = <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>
>submit_status = Native speaker of the language


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