Bookkeeping: Arakanese

This entry has been retired and is featured here only for bookkeeping purposes. Either the entry has been replaced with one or more more accurate entries or it has been retired because it was based on a misunderstanding to begin with.

Retired in ISO 639-3: Split into Marma [rmz] and Rakhine [rki]

  • Change request: 2007-189
  • ISO 639-3: mhv
  • Name: Arakanese
  • Reason: split
  • Effective: 2008-01-14

Excerpt from change request document:

Based on word lists recently elicited, lexical similarity percentages between Marma and Rakhine are 62-68%. Intelligibility testing was also done by playing a Rakhine story among Marma mother tongue speakers in two Marma villages. The average scores in the two villages were 73% and 53%, indicating insufficient inherent intelligibility. Also, during the course of survey fieldwork, the term "Arakanese" was not mentioned by either the Marma or the Rakhine. Rather, the Marma refer to themselves as Marma, and the Rakhine refer to themselves as Rakhine.

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