[Foundation-l] Promoting non-en Wikipedias (was In defence of Google)

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Tue Jan 23 08:02:08 UTC 2007

David Gerard wrote:

>On 22/01/07, teun spaans <teun.spaans at gmail.com> wrote:
>>The low representation of Indian citizens surprises me. I met one or two at
>>the english wikipedia / commons, perhaps they tend to prefer the english
>>wiki above their local languages?
>This appears to be the case. The educated classes tend to learn in
>English and to talk to each other in English. There are many native
>languages in India, but the one that all educated people are likely to
>speak is English, so that's the one that gets spoken. English is
>regarded as higher status than the local languages.
That and by being foreign English is not seen as giving an advantage to 
a ny particular part of the country as would be the case with a native 


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