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Yawi (Pattani Malay) Wikipedia[edit]

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What Value Example / Explanation
Language code mfa (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Pattani Malay Language name in English
Language name بهاس جاوي Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q1199751 - item has currently the following values:
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Directionality RTL Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

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  • Speakers: ~ 3,100,000
  • Location(s) spoken: South Thai, Malaysia, Brunei.

Replace this text with your opening argument in favour of the new project. You can also refer to external documentation or websites. Sign your request by ending your statement with: --Thulee mann (talk) 07:56, 20 January 2016 (UTC)[reply]

merged from Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Tuisan Jawi
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

'Tulisan Jawi'(Jawi alphabet)is an Arabic alphabet adapted for writing the Malay language. It was used before using Latin alphabet to write Malay language.Jawi is an official script of Brunei today. The word 'alphabet' is added to differentiate with 'Jawi language'. Refer:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawi_alphabet --快樂雪魚 (talk) 17:56, 12 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]


Arguments in favour[edit]

  1. Support It is up to the original language is Malay. This writing was first introduced when islam arrived in Malacca state in 1400 more. Yawi and Rumi also different writing.Aplikasi 05:27, 12 February 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Support --Pitpisit (talk) 22:33, 13 April 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Support I support for Pattani Malay language as an official language with Wikipedia. There is a large number of Pattani Malay language speakers, known as Yawi language for Thai people, across southern Thailand and Northern region in Malaysia. Pattani Malay language and Jawi alphabet reflect prosperity of Patani people in many aspects. As Thai people, I strongly believe that Pattani Malay Wikipedia will reflect Pattani identity and cultural in the deep south region, which fall under violence condition for a long time. --Pluto p (talk) 03:14, 5 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

Strong oppose These language isn't even valid. If it refers to Malay language, then the Malay Wikipedia already exist, no need excessive Wikipedia for the same language. (Dirk Gret (talk) 12:31, 20 September 2022 (UTC))[reply]

General discussion[edit]

Why don't we combine this Yawi project into Wikipedia Malay by creating a conversion script? I think it is much more easier, doesn't it? Even Yawi and Rumi are different from script, but I think that the spoken language is still the same, which is Malay language.--5662595lai (talk) 23:43, 26 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Yeah, there's toolforge:jawi available. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 04:44, 9 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Pattani Malay is different! -- 18:46, 9 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]

@Liuxinyu970226: By the way, Yawi or Jawi language =/= Jawi script. Yawi/Jawi is the name given to Kelantan-Pattani Malay spoken in northwestern Malaysia and southern Thailand, while Jawi script is a writing system used by various Austronesian languages in South East Asia. I agree that it is much better for Malay Wikipedia to accommodate Jawi by a tool to convert its script, but the same thing can't be said for Kelantan-Pattani Malay. Kelantan-Pattani Malay is the most divergent of all Malay dialects, and it is hardly intelligible with the speakers of Standard Malay -- as a comparison, Banjar (which already has its own Wikipedia) is much more comprehensible for Standard Malay speaker compared to Yawi/Jawi. Masjawad99 (talk) 22:39, 3 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Masjawad99: I doubt if there's really no way for Malay Wikipedia to have a Latin-Arabic converter, rather than randomly pick up a code for just another script of a language. How is this fair even for yourself? How can't this follow how Kurmanci Kurdish Wikipedia works? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 05:04, 5 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Liuxinyu970226: Umm, was my comment unclear? I meant that Kelantan-Pattani/Yawi and Jawi are two different things. The first is a language/dialect (which can be written in any script), while the second is a writing system. I commented because it seems like you and other people here are misled by believing they are the same thing (even Wikipedia Tulisan Jawi is merged here). I did say above that a script converter would be possible; in fact I think that that is a good idea! I just want to clarify that this Yawi Wikipedia request is something else entirely. Masjawad99 (talk) 08:19, 5 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Wait, nevermind. I am confused. It seems like the people who created the articles in this project have actually thought this is the Jawi (the script) version of Malay Wikipedia. Masjawad99 (talk) 08:24, 5 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]