On Fri, 17 Sep 2004 15:21:39 -0400, Delirium <delirium(a)hackish.org> wrote:
Mark Williamson wrote:
Uhh... what about Hebrew? Manchu? Manx? Cornish?
Since when do
languages not revive successfully by teaching them to children?
They revive successfully by teaching them to children as a daily-use
language. Is Wikipedia related to that? I suppose it could be in some
ways, but I can't seriously see people using the Gothic Wikipedia as a
source of general encyclopedia-type information. If you want to know
There is a Rosetta Project which focuses on cataloguing texts in all
the world's languages. Unfortunately, it has been developing very
slowly and has had trouble
generating a community around its efforts, because there is no direction to its
content, beyond an effort to translate basic word lists into all
languages. Wikipedia provides both a forum and a direction for
building a corpus in a dying or marginal language.
This isn't to demean the rosetta project in any way; they already have
thousands of languages, and a million dollar grant from the US
government to continue their work. But I think one of Wikipedia's
important side-effects is its
potential to preserve (and store useful, even self-bootstrapping,
content in) disappearing languages.