[Wikipedia-l] Re: One Chinese Wikipedia

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Fri Sep 10 18:48:25 UTC 2004

In fact there are, from what I know, many French "dialects", some of
which can be considered separate languages from French (ie Waloon, for
which we have a separate Wikipedia, Gallo, etc etc) and others which
are only minor regional variations.

Of course its probably best if you ask somebody from France...

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 20:24:15 +0200, Yann Forget <yann at forget-me.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> Le Friday 10 September 2004 17:24, Delirium a écrit :
> > Sort of a tangential issue: Wikipedians should keep in mind here that
> > whatever they do is a positive political and social/cultural act; there
> > is no correct answer to this question.
> >
> > Whether Chinese should be one language or diverge into multiple
> > languages is somewhat similar to the question 180 years ago over whether
> > the various Greeks spoken throughout the former Ottoman Empire should
> > remain distinct, or be merged into a "common Greek", and perhaps also
> > similar to the eternal disputes in France over the differences between
> > the various regional dialects.  If we, for example, say we support
> > having a separate Wikipedia for a particular French dialect (which we
> > do), but we oppose having one for a particular Chinese dialect, then
> > we're making a rather odd political statement.  Not that we can't do
> > that, but it should be done on purpose.
> Which French dialects are talking about?
> There are regional languages in France, the main ones being Breton, Basque and
> Occitan (spelling?), but I don't think there are "French" dialects. You
> should also note that Basque and Breton are very different from French.
> Occitan is a roman language, but any French speaker may not understand it
> better than, say, Italian or Catalan.
> > -Mark
> Yann
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