That sounds pretty good - I'd love to help with medieval history, you'd
definitely need at least an Ælfred ðe Great article!
>From: "James R. Johnson" &lt;modean52(a)comcast.net&gt;
>Subject: RE: [Wikipedia-l] Re: FW: Wikipedia for Old English
>Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 20:27:25 -0400
> Thanks for the help and kinds words - these are all very good and
>As for types of articles, I (myself as a writer/contributor to the AS
>would like to start out with simple fact-based articles, perhaps the
>listed on the "100 articles every wiki should have." I would
>people would contribute articles, either Pokemon, Mario, News,
>whatever. I have no doubt someone will want to write Anglo-Saxon
>articles, but I'd rather do modern history, some biographies, biology,
>technology, etc. If you'd like to write the Pokemon article, feel free!
>wille þæt séon, gif þu þæt wille wrítan. There are people who can
>contribute readily on the Forum for Old English mailing list, English-L
>mailing list, and Old English Made Easy mailing list.
>The form of the language would be early West Saxon, as used in the Clark
>Hall Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, without the syncopation of endings
>verbs (a more formal syntactic convention).
>The groups are above mentioned, as well as other groups that can be
>with a google search. There is already a terminology page for the
>terms, as well as many biology and other terms native to the language.
>Icelandic has created new uses for old words, I'm sure Old English can
>the same (How about an article about a circulwyrde or the symantec
>rungestreon, or þá Nipponiscan léode (the Japanese people)?).
>Does that help?
>[mailto:wikipedia-l-bounces@Wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Adam Bishop
>Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 5:22 PM
>Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Re: FW: Wikipedia for Old English
>I think an Old English Wikipedia sounds interesting (although I don't
>very much OE myself), and now that you are also discussing Latin, I
>to point out a few problems you might encounter (I am an admin on the
>Most importantly, you should start off by making some guidelines about
>should and should not be included. The Latin wikipedia is pretty old
>only recently has there been a concerted effort to give it some
>I think any new wikipedia in a dead language would benefit from having
>For example, you would (I assume) want to have articles about
>related topics, but will people also want to write about unrelated
> Will the stereotypical Pokemon article be allowed?
>What form of the language will you use? For Latin, I think we try to be
>classical as possible, although there is some medieval and neo-Latin
>too. As far as I understand, the 9th century Wessex dialect is the most
>attested form of Anglo-Saxon, right? Would you accept alternate
>spelling/grammar found in other dialects (Northumbrian, perhaps)?
>(As a side note, you would probably also want to specifically state that
>English is not the same as "ye olde English", nor is it
>Shakespearian English, as has been mentioned already.)
>Are there groups who still use Old English, from whom you can draw
>contributors or information on where to begin? Is there any information
>how to use OE words for modern concepts? For Latin it is fairly easy to
>Neo-Latin terms, but what if you want to write about Japan, for example,
>OE? I guess my point is, can OE still be used in a meaningful way, or
>you be limited by existing vocabulary?
>I hope these questions/suggestions help, and I hope I can contribute
>&gt;From: Pierre Abbat &amp;lt;phma(a)phma.hn.org&amp;gtp;amp;gt;
>&gt;Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Re: FW: Wikipedia for Old English
>&gt;Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 15:40:55 -0400 &gt; &gt;On
Thursday 05 August 2004
>10:48, Karl Eichwalder wrote:
>&gt; &gt; &quot;James R. Johnson&quot;
>&gt; &gt; &gt; I guess it's like Latin in being a dead
language, but just as
>&gt; &gt; &gt; deserving of a Wiki.
>&gt; &gt; Encyclopedia writer should try to get the facts right
>&gt; &gt; Latin is still in use (and it was never dead). And,
>important, &gt; &gt; Latin something like a sleeping lingua
>&gt;&quot;Dead&quot; referring to a language means
&quot;having no native
>speakers&quot;. Unlike Manx, &gt;which died with its last native
>(but is still in use), Latin died &gt;(but remained in use) when its
>descendants differentiated sufficiently that &gt;none of them was
>which can't be pinpointed as precisely.
>&gt;li fi'u vu'u fi'u fi'u du li pa
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