Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Kabyle

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Kabyle Wikipedia[edit]

submitted verification final decision
This proposal has been approved.
The Board of Trustees and language committee have deemed that there is sufficient grounds and community to create the new language project.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

This language is well-established, has a very wide audience, a large interested community, a unanimous discussion on Meta, and a standard code. If you are interested in editing a Kabyle Wikipedia, please contribute to the Kabyle Wikipedia test project. A successful test project must be established before the wiki is created; the subcommittee will examine the test project soon for final approval. —{admin} Pathoschild 00:03:59, 01 March 2007 (UTC)
The test project has been deemed a success. The only step left before the creation of a Kabyle Wikipedia is the translation of the basic wiki interface; if you'd like to contribute, please see "Localization" on the talk page. —{admin} Pathoschild 09:04:13, 01 April 2007 (UTC)
A recommendation to create the wiki was sent to the board a few days ago. —{admin} Pathoschild 07:46:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
The Kabyle Wikipedia has been created at Congratulations, and thank you. —{admin} Pathoschild 21:16:03, 06 May 2007 (UTC)
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Arguments in favour[edit]

    • The number of speakers: According to ethnologues, there are more than 3 millions of Kabyles in Kabylia, of course if we add the diaspora living in Algeria (for example : Half of Algiers' population is Kabyle) and those livining in France, we could easily reach 5 to 7 millions.
    • The teaching: Kabyle language is taught in Kabylia as a non-compulsary language for all pupils and students. There is a special degree for this language in Algerian and French universities. It is also taught by Berber associations in France, high school students have the possibility to take a non compulsary examination in Kabyle.
    • The literature:There is a flowrishing literature in this language, books, websites, discussion forums... etc.
    • Ability to write in Kabyle: the script adopted by Berber linguists is phonetic, very easy to use and implement, even for someone who does not even speak it.
    • Test-wiki: it has been launched recently (24/11/2006 on incubator) and it already has lots of articles and a community dedicated to it; we communicate through a discussion webboard. Except one or two articles, all of our articles have at least 1500 caracters, for example this article about Isaac Newton or a very long one about this town Bgayet (9.000 characters). In about ten days we got about 30 articles and we are still contacting more people to join us, Berber teachers, linguists...etc. There's even a Kabyle political party who supports us through his website. As I am writing now, there are articles being created/edited in the incubator.
    Toira 00:51, 12 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  1. Support The test wiki has made good progress. Certainly a worthy candidate for a new wikipedia. --Johannes Rohr 12:34, 18 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Support - en:User:Escondites - There are about 7 million speakers worldwide
  3. Support. It looks like this has a lot of contributors who are willing to give it a good head start, and I've read about this language before and know that it has a lot of speakers. Let's make it happen. Grandmasterka 08:49, 5 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

General comments[edit]

Former votes in favor[edit]

These votes predate the implementation of the language proposal policy, so many of them don't provide arguments or reasoning.

I support the Kabyle version, it's high time to take a place in the Wikipedia project with our language