ALPES Ancient Language Promotion, Education and Support

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Proposed User Group: ALPES[edit]

ALPES is a proposed Wikimedia user group, to help Ancient Language Promotion, Education and Support.

Proposed aims[edit]

  • Develop links with ancient and minority language groups for content co-operation and production
  • Develop better links with user groups working on topics where Classical and Ancient Languages are especially important
  • Ensure Wikimedia policies reflect the needs of Classical and Ancient Language Communities, including understanding their cultural importance and usage by minority groups
  • Help Classical and Ancient Language wikis fulfill Wikimedia's mission, by creating new, compelling and specialist content
  • Help Classical and Ancient Language wikis fulfill Wikimedia's mission by developing and deeping audiences
  • Share experience and develop best practice regarding common problems, such as linguistic accuracy and handling modern terminology
  • Help Wikimedia provide in-language Classical and Ancient Language teaching materials, such as beginner and intermediate texts, videos and recordings
  • Help Wikimedia provide other Classical and Ancient Language teaching materials, especially where these are not freely available.

Steering Group[edit]

  • We will need a steering group of at least one person with links to each language community.
  • We will be open to users from other Ancient Language wikis and historians and others who use these languages and wish to help.

Languages and their backgrounds[edit]

Current Classical Language Wikis
Geographical usage Wiki WP Usage notes
Europe, Americas, Global Latin Wikipedia; Latin Wikisource Latin Wikibooks, Latin Wiktionary w:Latin Liturgical, government and education, and official status; vast and varied recorded literature; used for botanical naming and description, zoological naming, and in certain other scientific fields
India and some other Asian countries Sanskrit Wikipedia, Sanskrit Wikisource Sanskrit Wiktionary w:Sanskrit Literary, social and liturgical language, includes revival efforts and official status, important for several religions and many countries; vast and varied recorded literature
Sinophone areas, also in Japan, Korean peninsula and Vietnam Literary Chinese Wikipedia w:Literary Chinese Extremely long usage, lost official status in China in 1960s, but retained in Taiwan; decline in liguistic competence but output still present; vast and varied recorded literature
Current Liturgical Language Wikis
Geographical usage Wiki WP Usage notes
East Europe Church Slavonic Wikipedia w:Church Slavonic Liturgical language; secular written language in Russia into 1700s
India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand Pali Wikipedia w:Pali Buddhist liturgical language, widely studied; large recorded literature
Current Historical Language Wikis
Central Europe, Asia Gothic Wikipedia w:Gothic language Historical language with limited corpus
North Europe Anglo-Saxon Wikipedia w:Old English Historical language with moderately sized corpus

Add your user name here to join[edit]

(Please add which Ancient languages or Ancient Language Wikis you work with)

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