Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Swabian

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Swabian status page
submitted verification final decision
Discuss the creation of this language project on this page. Votes will be ignored when judging the proposal. Please provide arguments or reasons and be prepared to defend them (see the Language proposal policy).

The language committee needs to verify the language is eligible to be approved.

  • Check that the project does not already exist (see list).
  • Obtain an ISO 639 code
  • Ensure the requested language is sufficiently unique that it could not exist on a more general wiki.
  • Ensure that there are a sufficient number of native editors of that language to merit an edition in that language.
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Proposal
Language code swg (SILEthnologue) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Swabian Language name in English
Language name Schwäbisch Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Community
You can optionally list your user name if you're a contributor to the wiki. Add "N" next to your name if you are a native speaker of this language.
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Settings
Project name Wikipedia "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads yes Files should be uploaded to Commons, but if you want, you can enable local file uploading.
Notes: (1) files on Commons can be used on all wikis; (2) this setting can be changed afterwards; (3) uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info); (4) localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons
Optional settings
Project logo 135x135 PNG derivative from a decent SVG image (instructions)
Default project timezone "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example for a Wikisource which would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk"
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit bug request (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


Arguments in favour[edit]

    • There are more than 4 million speakers of Swabian; mainly in the region of Swabia. Swabia covers much of Germany's southwestern Bundesland state of Baden-Württemberg (including the capital Stuttgart and the rural area known as the Swabian Alb) and the southwest of the Bundesland Bavaria.
    • Swabian is also spoken by part of the German minorities in Hungary, former Yugoslavia, Romania, and the former Soviet Union.
    • Swabian is difficult to understand for speakers of Standard German. It contains vocabulary that differs altogether from Standard German (e.g. 'jam' in Standard German is Marmelade while in Swabian it becomes Gsälz).
    unsigned by 202.36.179.66 on 01:32, 19 September 2008.
  • Per above reasons. All minority languages should get a chance. --OosWesThoesBes 16:23, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Swabian can be very different from the other dialects that the Alemanic Wikipedia includes.
  • Persons speaking Swabian as their first language really never can speak German without "mistakes".
  • The offical slogan, crated by the government of Baden-Württemberg and well known all over Germany is: "Wir können alles - außer Hochdeutsch" (We do can all - without standard German).
  • When a Swabian is reading a text in Swiss German (a variety of alemannic), he often has to think about words for a long time to understand them and sometimes he can't, even if it's his habit to read texts in that language/dialect. Putting Swiss German and Swabian in one Wikipedia together is like doing the same with Welsh and Breton. Nearly nobody here in Württemberg says that he speaks an Alemanic dialect, but Swabian. We're an independent group of dialect speakers! Xammax 17:06, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Welsh and Breton are far more apart than Swabian from other Alemanic dialects. Speaking neither Swabian nor any other Alemanic dialect, I have no significant problems in understanding both. Welsh and Breton fall into two different families (Goidelic vs Brythonic) which split more than 2000 years ago. --AFBorchert 17:35, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
I'm sorry, that was a bad example. But don't think that you can understand the "real hard" Swabian of the Schwäbische Alb. The Swabian used in the articles that exist yet is one which isn't very far from standard German, but there are others.Xammax 20:18, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
I don't know where AFBorchert got that from, but Welsh and Breton are both Brythonic languages. Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic are Goidelic. Saimdusan 08:21, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Hi Saimdusan, you are right. Still, Welsh and Breton fall into Western and Proto-Southwestern Brythonic which split in the 6th century. --AFBorchert 08:38, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose Support, sorry. --U.Steele 19:47, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Arguments against[edit]

The traditional distribution area of Western Upper German (=Alemannic) dialect features in the 19th and 20th century. This maps shows the region of Alemannic languages including Swabian in the upper right (light blue). Compare this against the map at the main page.
  • The Swabian language belongs to the family of Alemannic languages which is already represented by an existing project. --AFBorchert 18:08, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
  • The test project provides so far just ten articles beside the main page which is written in High German. All of them are quite short and with one exception written by just one user named Max. The longest article so far, Wahrê Jesus-Gmoâd', achieves 876 bytes by enumerating the most important teachings of a pentecostal community. So far not a single article out of this list nor anything about the Swabian language or its region was written. There exists a large number of varieties how Swabian is spoken or written (this property is shared with the family of Alemannic languages) which asks for editorial guidelines, see for example these guidelines at the Alemannic Wikipedia. This is still missing for this project. In summary, I do not see yet significant progress in the Incubator nor a real community. --AFBorchert 18:13, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
The Alemannic Wikipedia already covers the Swabian dialects, as is clearly stated on its main page. Additionaly, Swabian is generally mentioned in guidelines and the protocol of the most recent meeting in August 2008 also makes mention of it. Swabian and the other Alemannic dialects are usually mutually intelligible without too many problems (I speak high Alemannic from southern Baden and my mother's Swabian family has no trouble understanding me); Swabian and the other Alemannic variants have way more similiarities than differences. On top of that, there are 65 articles in our category for articles written in Swabian [1], though the actual number is higher because not all articles are categorized by dialect. These articles are also of considerably higher quality and length than the ones written so far on the incubator (one, Raveschburg, is even a featured article), and Swabian articles are regularly featured on the main page as "article of the week". There is no need to invent the wheel twice. --Chlämens 13:25, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Persons speaking Swabian as their first language really never can speak German without "mistakes" - to my mind, that's not quite true. Kratzbaum (talk) 19:10, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

General discussion[edit]

  • Why was this request verified as eligible even though it goes against requisite 3. "The language must be sufficiently unique that it could not coexist on a more general wiki."? The Swabian dialects are clearly coexisting on the Alemannic Wikipedia, where there are plenty of Swabian-speaking contributors (the most active being Henri Berger). The main page is available in Swabian ([2]), and Swabian articles make it on the main page as "article of the week" roughly every 2-3 months. Why, just yesterday someone added a new article in Swabian: als:Meteorologie! Terfili 10:05, 28 July 2010 (UTC)