Dhivehi (divehi) Bible

Dhivehi (divehi) Bible

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Dhivehi (divehi) Bible

Maldivian, whose endonym is Dhivehi or Divehi (Dhivehi: ދިވެހި, Dhivehi pronunciation: [d̪iˈʋehi]), is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the South Asian island country of the Maldives. It has the distinction of being the only Indo-European language whose indigenous area extends to the Southern Hemisphere.Maldivian language has notable dialects. The standard one being that of capital city Malé. Minicoy which was once a part of Maldives has its own dialect called Maliku bas or Mahl that still retain older Dhivehi features. Maliku bas is mutially intelligible with standard Dhivehi. The greatest variation of the dialect is from the southern atolls Huvadu, Addu and Fuamulak of Maldives. Each of those atolls has its own dialect closely related to each other but very different to the northern atolls. The southern atoll dialects are so distinct that those only speaking northern dialect cannot understand them.The ethnic endonym for the language, Divehi, is occasionally found in English as Dhivehi (spelled according to the locally used Malé Latin for romanization of the Maldivian language), which is the official spelling as well as the common usage in the Maldives. Maldivian is written in Thaana script. Maldivian is a descendant of Elu Prakrit and is closely related to Sinhalese, but not mutually intelligible with it. Many languages have influenced the development of Maldivian through the ages. They include Arabic, French, Persian, Portuguese, Hindustani, and English. The English words atoll (a ring of coral islands or reefs) and dhoni (a vessel for inter-atoll navigation) are anglicised forms of the Maldivian words atoḷu and dōni.