[Wikipedia-l] Languages: crossing a border?

Erik Moeller erik_moeller at gmx.de
Mon Apr 5 23:33:32 UTC 2004

> So, IMO, a language must exist independent of Wikipedia and not be hindered
> by a claim of copyright before an encyclopedia is started in it.

Well, this is another issue:

(C) Toki Pona is the intellectual property of Sonja Elen Kisa, 2001-2004.
You may use these materials freely, as long as you do not compete with  
this site.

Given that Sonja is also the most active contributor to the Toki Pona  
Wikipedia that's probably not much of a big deal, though. Still, the "as  
long as you do not compete" clause is annoying.

Yes, I agree that conlangs are the more serious problem than natural  
languages. However, I don't think that there should be no criteria at all  
for natural languages. The three criteria that Andre proposed - ISO 639-2,  
more than 50 archived documents, or more than 10,000 speakers - seem  
reasonable, and would probably kick out most obscure conlangs, while  
leaving in legitimate spoken tongues, and dead languages too, if there's a  
written record of them (not that I care at all about those, but in the  
interest of wikipeace ..).



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