Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Bodo

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submitted verification final decision

This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval and will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Eligible language. You are encouraged to contribute on incubator:Wp/brx. --Millosh (talk) 23:46, 25 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[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 brx (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Bodo Language name in English
Language name बर' 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 Q33223 - 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 LTR 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 विकिपीदिया "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace विकिपीदिया usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace विकिपीदिया सावराय "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no 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-logo-v2-brx.png This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Asia/Kolkata "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.


Bodo language is one of the popular Indian tribal languages. This language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman language family, which is a sub-group of the Sino-Tibetan language group. It is mostly spoken by the Bodo people residing in the north-eastern region of India and also by the people of the neighbouring country that is Nepal. Bodo language has got the status of one of the official languages of the state of Assam. It is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of the country that are given special constitutional status. Bodo language is closely associated with the Dimasa language of the state of Assam and with the Garo language of the state of Meghalaya. Further, this tribal language is closely connected with Kokborok language that is chiefly spoken in the state of Tripura. This popular North-east Indian language has no particular record towards its origin. However, it is said that a peak point in Bodo language is a socio-political movement that was initiated by some local Bodo organizations since 1913. After this language movement, in the year 1963 Bodo language was finally introduced in the primary schools of the Bodo dominated areas as an instruction medium. Presently, this tribal language is the official medium of instruction in several educational institutions up to 10+2 level. Moreover, Bodo language has been included as a part of a post graduate programme in the University of Guwahati. This language of the Tibeto-Burman language family strongly boasts of rich literature. Numerous books of drama, short stories, poetry, novels, biography, children's literature, travelogue, etc. have been written in this language. Bodo language is written by using the Devanagari script. It also has a history of using Roman script. However, history shows that this language originally used Deodhai script, which is now lost. There is a huge difference in the usage of the letters in Bodo language than the Devanagari script. Bodo language shares some common salient features with the other languages belonging to the Bodo group. The features are similar in terms of phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary. This language has been affected other languages of other communities, especially the Bengali language and language of Kokrajhar. But in Udalguri district, Bodo language is still heard in the pure form. The Assam Sahitya Sabha, Eastern India's literary body, is taking revolutionary efforts for preserving and popularizing the literature in Bodo language.[1] --Nijwmsa Boro 01:55, 1 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  1. "Bodo Language, India Tribal Language". IndiaNetzone. Retrieved 3 February 2017. Citation added 17:55, 3 February 2017 (UTC) StevenJ81 (talk)

--Rejoice-daimari (talk) 15:51, 20 September 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • In my view, this language is clearly eligible, and Incubator can certainly host the test. However, if and when the test is evaluated for approval, I would urge the Language Committee to keep in mind the following:
  • Principal contributor (at this point in time) has some history of sockpuppetry. See en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Niezwmxa Boro/Archive. When checking to make sure there is an "active test community", please make sure contributors are independent, not socks.
  • In the past there have been some issues related to core Wikipedia principles: NPOV, all contributions encyclopedic, respect of copyright, etc. As an example: a sysop at enwiki brought to my attention that the description of Bodo language just above was lifted from a different website without attribution. (I added a citation.) These issues will need to be checked.
StevenJ81 (talk) 18:03, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]