Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Arwi

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This proposal has been rejected.
This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Arwi is a historical written variety of Tamil. Arwi monuments should be kept on Wikisource or, eventually, on the future Tamil Wikisource. --Millosh (talk) 05:08, 29 January 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  • 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
Language code  (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Arwi Language name in English
Language name لسان الأروي Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q2640907 - item has currently the following values:
Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality no indication Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name "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 Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (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 File:Wikipedia svg logo-agq.svg This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone UTC+05:30 "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit Phabricator task. It will include everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings. After creating the task, add a link to the comment.

Arwi is mainly spoken the by the Sri Lankan Moors. It has a rich and long history.

Arguments in Favor[edit]

Arwi (لسان الأروي lisān-ul-arwī or lisān al-arwi; lit. "the Arwi tongue"; அரபு-தமிழ் arabu-tamil or Arabo-Tamil) is a written register of the Tamil language that uses an Arabic alphabet. It typically has extensive lexical influences from the Arabic language. Arwi was used extensively by the Muslim minority of Tamil Nadu state of India and Sri Lanka. The majority of Madrasas still teach the basics of Arwi as part of their curricula.

Arguments Against[edit]

Super strong oppose No need to create another Tamil language Wikipedia! -- 20:09, 20 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]


  • I have included Tamil as part of this list of languages which are written in multiple writing systems.

I recommend that a Tamil script to Arwi Arabic converter be created and installed on Tamil Wikipedia to enable all Tamil articles there to be read in the Arabic script at the click of a tab (eg. Serbian Wikipedia, Kurdish Wikipedia). --Ernesztina (talk) 03:32, 30 September 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Kurdish Wikipedia Latin to Arabic feature.
@Ernesztina: The most big problem is who still use Arwi in the real life. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 02:34, 25 January 2017 (UTC)[reply]