Bookkeeping: Malakhel

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.

E16/E17 lists Malakhel [mld] as a distict unclassified, unmapped language of Aghanistan distinct from Pashto, Dari and other languages of Afghanistan. Although unmapped, the location is given in text form as “Southwest of Kabul, Logar north of Baraki”. Thanks to the survey work of Charles M. Kieffer 1989 , this location (and the fact that it is not supposed to be Pashto etc) can only match Ormuri [oru], which already has an entry. The name Malakhel ends in -khel, revealing that it is a clan name. See also: Ormuri [oru].

Retired in ISO 639-3: No evidence this exists.

  • Change request: 2012-069
  • ISO 639-3: mld
  • Name: Malakhel
  • Reason: non-existent
  • Effective: 2013-01-23

Excerpt from change request document:

We have not been able to find evidence that this language exists. As far as we can see, it is not mentioned in the professional linguistic literature. The website of Global Recordings Network contains an audio-recorded story said to be in the Malakhel language; however, I listened to it and identified the language in the audio recording to be Ormuri [oru].

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