Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Thu Apr 17 17:30:36 UTC 2008

That's actually a great idea, and following further from your example,  
they could develop a wikiversity course in how to do it.

On Apr 17, 2008, at 1:24 PM, Philippe Beaudette wrote:

> Ray Saintonge wrote:
>> Crazy Lover wrote:
>>>   Languages
>>>  * what kind of languages can have wikis?
>>>  any that has a standarized writing system and enough writers and
>>> readers to form a viable community and audience. whether a  
>>> particular
>>> language qualifies depends on discussion.
>>>  i thinks, it is a simple and workable criterion to start a  
>>> unitary and
>>> congruent policy.
>>>  once again, what do you think?
>> Standardized writing systems can present a problem when you  
>> consider the
>> first nations languages of the west coast of North America.  Many  
>> of the
>> writing system were devised by anthropologists from around 1900, and
>> were never intended to serve the speakers of the language.
>> Ec
> Affirmed.  I think particularly of some native languages that have a  
> decent
> number of speakers, but very few who write.  In my home state of  
> Oklahoma
> there are some tribes in exactly that position.  Yet, I think it's  
> dangerous
> to ignore the potential role of a wikipedia or wiktionary in  
> educating those
> speakers and turning them into writers.  For instance, I can see an  
> elder in
> the Yuchi Tribe, for instance, who might assign the class to write
> wiktionary definitions in Yuchi as part of a language assignment.   
> That
> serves two goals: it grows community for a Wiki, and also helps to  
> save a
> dying language.
> Philippe
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