[Wikipedia-l] A proposal for a new language in wikipedia
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Fri Sep 17 03:59:33 UTC 2004
I know plenty of people *can* speak/write Gothic, I just don't know
that they *do*.
However the movement to bring Gothic back to life as a language with
native speakers, which I mentioned before, will undoubtedly result in
quite a few children who will in the future want to read encyclopedias
in Gothic as their preferred language.
Best, Mark/Jin Junshu
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>
> >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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