I can confirm what Manuel is saying here. I know Dr Geoff Hull of the National Institute
personally and he has told me a similar thing.
Given that East Timor is the newest nation on Earth, I really hope that something can be
done for them to get a wikipedia up and running in one of their main national languages.
One can't understate what such a venture would do to the self-esteem of a whole
people. It will take a while to get going, given their problems with basic
infrastructure, but I am certain that it would eventually succeed. There is also likely
to be a thriving community of Tetum speakers in nearby Darwin, where they are likely to
have better infrastructure - it's just a case of getting the message through to them.
All the best!
wikipedia-l-request(a)Wikimedia.org ha scritto:
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:46:49 -0000
From: "Manuel de Sousa"
Subject: RE: [Wikipedia-l] Re: Wikipedia in Tetum
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There is no problem with this. As I said, it will be Tetum, the national and
official language of East Timor, with a standardised orthography established
by the National Institute of Linguistics (INL) of East Timor.
The official Tetum, derives from the dialect of the capital city, Dili,
known as "Tetum-Dili" or "Tetum-Praça" (or "Prasa").
As you may know, in the territory of East Timor there are another 15
languages with the status of "national language". But this Wikipedia would
be in the official Tetum of East Timor.
Could anyone inform me what must be done in order to setup the Tetum
Thanks & regards,
Manuel de Sousa
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