[Wikipedia-l] A proposal for a new language in wikipedia

Andre andrevan at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 00:23:35 UTC 2004

I think that if there are people who speak the language, even if in a
merely academic context, a Wikipedia is worthwhile. What about the
Latin Wikipedia?

On Thu, 16 Sep 2004 12:08:02 +0200, Andre Engels <andrewiki at freemail.nl> wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 10:18:09 +0000 Fredrik Adevåg <gadrauhts at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
> >I'd like to be responsible for the creation of a wikipediaversion in
> > gothic.
> >
> >Full name: gothic
> >
> >Language code: got
> >
> >Number of speakers: 0
> >
> >Number of people which has knowledge about gothic: at least 400, probably
> >much more.
> I still am very wary about putting Wikipedia in dead languages. Reason is
> that in my opinion the first function of Wikipedia is to bring over the
> information content in the articles; the language, in my opinion, is just a
> means to do this, it should not be a goal in its own. Because, as far as I
> can see, nobody would _prefer_ to have Gothic as the language in which s/he
> gets this information, I don't think having a Gothic Wikipedia aids in this
> goal (and yes, there are languages in which Wikipedia already exists with
> which I have the same objections).
> My doubts would be much lessened if you could give me evidence that the
> language is actually used - in the sense of being written/spoken rather than
> just read. I would like to ask this:
> Can you specify a body of literature written in Gothic, from recent date
> (say, after World War II)?
> Andre Engels
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