You requested comments, so here is mine:
I don't know about the technicalities of creating separate namespaces
but in principle, that sounds like a good solution to me. I understand
that it means any visitor to the Noongar wikipedia will first see
Noongar only, and for translations into English, there would be
something like a separate tab or so (like the different dialects at als:wp).
If that's the case, i.e. if I've understood correctly, then I'm fine
with that solution.
On 18-May-18 14:52, Steven White wrote:
User:OosWesThoesBes, who is a sysop and active contributor on
Incubator and Multilingual Wikisource, has been collaborating with
User:Gnangarra of the Noongar project. They make the following
comment and suggestion:
The main issue here seems to lie in two things: 1. the desire to
spread/record knowledge of the local culture; 2. the inability of
many tribal people (no offense meant, I'm not from Australia, nor
am I a native English speaker, so please do correct my terminology
[I'd use "aboriginal"–SJW]) to speak or understand the Nyungar
language fluently. A simple solution to this would be the creation
of a separate namespace in which English translations are
provided, while the pages themselves are written in Nyungar. This
will keep the main namespace free of English, while the knowledge
to the culture is still available to those interested, who are not
able to understand or have difficulty understanding the language
itself. This way, the Wikipedia can be used both to spread the
knowledge of the Nyungar culture, as well as providing a base for
a broad encyclopedia written in the Nyungar language about all
In response to a question from MF-Warburg, Gnangarra promises that all
articles will be completely written in Nyungar as well as in English.
And OosWesThoesBes has committed to help with the implementation.
It seems to me that this solution would satisfy LangCom's requirement
that the project be written in Nyungar, as well as the community's
desire that there also be English available to support wider
dissemination of information.
I'd request the Committee's comments/opinions on this idea.
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