Maldivian

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A language of Maldives

Alternate Names
Dhivehi, Divehi, Divehi Bas, Divehli, Mali, Malikh, Malki
Population

331,000 in Maldives (2012). Total users in all countries: 340,500.

Location

Widespread.

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Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (2008, Constitution, Article 11).

Dialects

Malé, Huvadu, Fuvah Mulaku, Addu, Maliku Bas. Southern dialects mutually intelligible but not with Male’. Southerners understand Male’ by acquired intelligibility. Users of Male’ cannot understand the others.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin], Urdu [urd]. Also use English [eng], especially in most schools. Also use Arabic varieties.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 94%. Literacy rate is for those 6 years and older. English is educational medium of instruction in all government schools. Fully developed. Bible portions.
Writing

Thaana script [Thaa].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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