[Foundation-l] Future fate of Siberian Wikipedia

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 22:49:07 UTC 2007

> From my point of view, the first thing we address would be is "Siberian" a
> linguistic entity.

How does "Does the language have a dictionary?" work as a definition
of whether or not something qualifies as a language? Obviously we need
a restriction on what kind of dictionaries count (eg. novelty
dictionaries of Cockney Rhyming Slang don't mean we should create a
cockney wikipedia), and some other requirements would probably be
needed as well (mutual intelligibility with other languages, for
example), but I don't see how we can write a Wikipedia in a language
which doesn't have a dictionary, since there is no way of determining
what the language actually consists of (and you end up in the
situation of having to invent words, as has been mentioned in this

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