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submitted verification final decision

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:

It was rejected since in historical languages, only Wikisource projects can maybe be eligible per LPP. --MF-W 15:38, 23 January 2014 (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 Late Old / Early-Middle English Language name in English
Language name Enɜlisch 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 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.

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  • Related languages: Icelandic, Frisian, Proto-Scandinavian, Modern English, Old Saxon (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Locations spoken: Mercia, Northumbria around 950-1250

100% Pure Germanic roots


No new dead language projects will be created, but you can contribute to incubator:Wp/enm (in no particular period of ME) or ang: (in Old English). PiRSquared17 (talk) 12:17, 13 November 2013 (UTC)[reply]

The Old English Wikipedia is in a completely different language which is called by experts "Anglo-Saxon", or more preferably, "old-Saxon". Since modern English isn't based on Bristol dialect, Anglo-saxon would seem alian to a modern English speaker compared to Early Modern English, which has lost inflections and influxed by old norse words. User:Eitansh (talk) 12:17, 13 November 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Note: [1] for signature history. --MF-W 21:40, 7 January 2014 (UTC)[reply]
I know they are different languages. And, by the way, isn't Old Saxon (osx) different from Anglo-Saxon/Old English (ang)? At least according to ISO it is. They are both Ingvaeonic though. PiRSquared17 (talk) 13:07, 13 November 2013 (UTC)[reply]

I figured out about the new policy a while ago, and I'm kinda pissed.. Although I truely think Early Middle English deserves at the very least a mentioning on Wikipedia, as it has a community dedicated for it englesaxe and Ancient Greek already has a nice article about it and is thoroughly studied, the early period of middle english is usualy looked over by scholars and doesnt't even have a single mentioning of it on the English Language article. --User:Eitansh (talk) 12:17, 13 November 2013 (UTC) — The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) [reply]