I noticed that the original submission listed most of the documents as held in a library in the Maldives.  That is interesting.  The name of the library director was given.  Would it be worthwhile to consult with him to determine whether the library views these documents as written in a different language?

The first document source, the Central Institute of Indian Languages, apparently considers Mahl to be a dialect of Divehi, since the submitter had to indicate that he did not agree with this information.  The Institute is an Indian governmental agency, which would seem to indicate that the government of India does not recognize a separate Mahl language.

Unless there is VERY strong evidence that this is a separate language, I think it should be considered a dialect of Divehi.

Milicent Wewerka, Library of Congress

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Forwarded message from the original submitter.


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

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 <[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)
	--> <> 
	--> <> 

	2. Mahl Unit Press Minicoy (Text books in Mahl for I to IV standards) Number of Documents N/A
	(please refer)
	---> <> 

	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 < [log in to unmask] <mailto:[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

	lang_in_fre =

	ref_where_found_1 = <> 

	lang_in_vern = Maliku bas

	ref_where_found_2 = <>  

	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 = [log in to unmask] 

	submit_status = Native speaker of the language