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I'm inclined to agree. I think it would be a great resource to have info about name usage, but like Rebecca I think it would get us bogged down in details we really aren't equipped to manage, including political hot potatoes. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
> Of Rebecca S. Guenther
> Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 7:01 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Divehi, Dhivehi (was: RE: Error Report (fwd))
> 
> When we first discussed adding variant names, we said we would not choose
> a "preferred" name. I don't think we should get into that detail-- it
> could result in a lot of political issues. We could have some criteria for
> when to include these variants, but I wouldn't want to codify this.
> 
> Rebecca
> 
> On Sun, 21 May 2006, Christian Galinski wrote:
> 
> > I do not mind to include "dhivehi" as additional English name - without
> ballot, just by common consent (or absence of dissent).
> > However, (as repeatedly émphasized in the past) we need a policy for
> qualifying different names and for the sequence in which they are listed,
> because th latter represents priority to the user!
> >  If we would have a number of qualifiers, such as: - preferred (by
> > whom) - obsolete (why) - also occurs (where) - only used in /region/,
> > /community/, ... - deprecatory (why) - old/traditional - new/modern -
> > ... we would have a method for our own judgement (now - and even more
> > important in the future, when same questions INEVITABLY crop up
> > again!), for the user and for a good data management.
> 
> >  A user - in the future - could see the preferred name(s) and, if
> > there are more names existing, an indication/symbol leading to further
> > names/forms with qualifiers...
> >
> > Best regards
> > Christian
> >
> > ________________________________
> >
> > From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
> Of Håvard Hjulstad
> > Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 1:52 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Divehi, Dhivehi (was: RE: Error Report (fwd))
> >
> >
> >
> > (1) In the Thaana script (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaana
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaana>  &
> http://www.omniglot.com/writing/thaana.htm
> <http://www.omniglot.com/writing/thaana.htm> ) the name seems to be:
> >
> > ~<ި^ެEURި
> >
> > (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"?
> >
> >
> >
> > Håvard
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> >
> > From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ] On Behalf Of Rebecca S. Guenther
> >
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:24 PM
> >
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > Subject: Error Report (fwd)
> >
> > It seems to me that we should add the alternate spelling to the language
> name(s). Is there any objection to that?
> >
> > Rebecca
> >
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> >
> > Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 00:41:49 -0400
> >
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > To: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
> >
> > Subject: Error Report
> >
> > Resent-Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 07:46:01 -0400 (EDT)
> >
> > Resent-From: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > Resent-To: "Rebecca S. Guenther" <[log in to unmask]>
> >
> > Resent-Subject: Error Report
> >
> > This data was submitted on: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:41:49
> >
> > name = Sofwathullah Mohamed
> >
> > client_email = [log in to unmask] url_title =
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/langcodes.html
> <http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/langcodes.html>
> >
> > general_error =
> >
> > general_error_describe =
> >
> > misspelledword = Divehi
> >
> > word_location = The Language Name (English)is wrong for div (iso 632-2)
> is wrong. It should be spelled as Dhivehi. Please refer to
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divehi <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divehi>
> and other Maldivian sites such as http://www.dhivehiobserver.com/
> <http://www.dhivehiobserver.com/> ,  http://www.dhivehinet.net.mv/
> <http://www.dhivehinet.net.mv/>  typo = typo_location = link_text = link =
> >
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> >