Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Latgalian 2

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Latgalian Wikipedia[edit]

See also the first (failed) or third (successful) request.
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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.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

This request fails to meet one of the preliminary requirements of the language proposal policy, as the language is not identified by an ISO-639-3 code. Should this change in the future, feel free to resubmit this request. —{admin} Pathoschild 05:54:04, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
Proposal summary
  • Language details: Latgalian (Latgaļu, bat-ltg [invented by ISO 639-3])
  • Editing community: Zordsdavini (P), Zummis (N), Stiernīts (P, N), Aviātors (P, N)
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    name if you are a native speaker of this language.
  • Relevant pages:
  • Test project
  • Previous request (closed during reform)
  • External links:
    latgola (promoting organization)
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This is re-request for Latgalian wikipedia. It had been approved once but police has been changed and everything was canceled. You can find the previous discussion here. Zordsdavini 08:19, 12 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


A native latgalian speaker who can represent the latgalian community please urgently contact LangCom. You can send mail from the user pages of GerardM or Bèrto 'd Sèra.

Arguments in favour[edit]

Quoted from the previous request:

  • Approved once, test wiki has over 100 articles already (many of them with a large amount of content and a high number of edits). LeighvsOptimvsMaximvs 13:29, 12 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support. Such language does exist, is codified and has numerous speakers.--Nxx 14:45, 15 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • IMHO, there is sufficient evidence that Latgalian has to be considered a distinct language. It has a history of being used in literature as well as in public administration. Albeit not serving as an official language nowadays, it is nevertheless recognized and protected by the Latvian State. --ARBE0 16:26, 6 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Latgalian is a language which is very commonly used and widespread not only in the region of Latgale, but is also spoken by numerous people in the rest of Latvia (mostly in Riga), who have left Latgale to study or in search of work. Supporting Latgalian Wikipedia would give many latgalian-speakers the chance to read articles in this language, and read about things they cannot read elsewhere as just a few books are published in latgalian nowadays and as it hasn't got too much popularity on the internet yet. It is an endangered language and has to be supported! --Zummis 12:51, 21 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Latgalian language has recently gained popularity among the people of Latvia, thanks to the rock group Borowa MC, which is singing in Latgalian and has won several music awards in Latvia in the past few years. In Latgale there is a very popular radio station in latgalian and in the last years many linguistic and cultural researches have been made, for example, scientific researches of the Latgalian minority in Siberia. After decades of belittling and suppression of the Latgalian language in the Latvian community it it is finally regaining importance, and Wikipedia should help Latvia not to lose one of its most important traditional languages/cultures! --Zummis 13:17, 21 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Strong support. I have born and living in neigborhood of Latgalia, I have long personal contacts with Latgalian language activists and researchers and I know a bit the history of Latgalian. Of course Latgalian is not merely a dialect of Latvian. Latgalian has long history of its own literary language and it has been the second official language of Latvia in 1920-s. Later Latvian nationalist goverment of Ulmanis prohibited any official use of Latgalian. Latvian authorities still refuse to recognize Latgalian as a separate language. But it is exactly the same case as with Võro in Estonia and with Samogitian in Lithuania, and with many other languages which despite it already have their own Wikipedia. Actually Latgalian is the only regional or minority language in Latvia that is vital enough to have its own wikipedia, because the other small language of Latvia (Finno-Ugric) Livonian is too small and in fact extinct. Anyway Latgalian can be definitely considered as a language and it deserves and needs its own Wikipedia. (See also discussion in Wikipedia-l: Võrok 15:23, 25 April 2007 (UTC) (Jüvä Sullõv/Sulev Iva)Reply[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

  • In the past the argument was used that there IS no code for Latgalian even in ISO-639-3. There is not even a reference to Latgalian in the IANA registry. In the ISO-639-6 there is a reference to Latgale .. this may be the same thing ? In the mean time this argument is as potent as it used to be. GerardM 14:06, 15 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

General discussion[edit]

No ISO code[edit]

  • In the past the argument was used that there IS no code for Latgalian even in ISO-639-3. There is not even a reference to Latgalian in the IANA registry. In the ISO-639-6 there is a reference to Latgale .. this may be the same thing ? In the mean time this argument is as potent as it used to be. GerardM 14:06, 15 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • The Wikipedia can be in language which doesn't have ISO code. And say "even in ISO-639-3" is not nice because to get it it's not very easy (for example, I asked for Samogitian but I didn't made good base and request was rejected). The most difficulty for stage of the language is political situation (the same is with Samogitian). I understand that GerardM wants clear system but situation is not in Latgalians side but Latvian and Latgalian are sister languages but different and Latgalian have clear system and history. ISO-639 code is only time (and political) question. I don't see the purpose for progress of the language. Zordsdavini 20:02, 15 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • When you refer to documents that old, it does not suggest that Latgalian is currently a language that is used.
  • The first bits of the ISO-DIS-639-6 have been published and you find Latgale as part of the Eastern Baltic Cluster where it is on the same level as Latvian and Lithuanian. Given that it has this recognition, an IANA language subtag is feasible.