[Wikipedia-l] Re: Gothic Wikipedia

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Sun Sep 19 16:40:36 UTC 2004

> I agree with Delirium, who wrote:
> : ...I can't seriously see people using the Gothic Wikipedia as a
> : source of general encyclopedia-type information.  If you want to know
> : some random fact (say, the biography of Charlemagne), why would anyone
> : look for it in a Gothic-language encyclopedia?
> I think that's an important point.
> I think your assertion that parents will teach their children Gothic as
> a first language is ridiculous. In fact I sincerely hope they don't.
> There's a difference between language preservation and language revival,
> and I'm not ashamed about supporting one but not the other. No doubt
> linguistics is an interesting field, but there are lots of interesting
> fields and I can't get involved in all of them.

When did I say parents *will* teach their children Gothic as a first
language? Plenty already have.

What's important to remember is that while in Western Europe, Gothic
died quite some time ago, in the Crimea, Gothic died perhaps around
the same time as Cornish did, or maybe even later, in Cornwall. And we
have a Cornish Wikipedia...


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