Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Levantine Arabic

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Levantine Arabic
submitted verification final decision
Discuss the creation of this language project on this page. Votes will be ignored when judging the proposal. Please provide arguments or reasons and be prepared to defend them (see the Language proposal policy).

The language committee needs to verify the language is eligible to be approved.

  • Check that the project does not already exist (see list).
  • Obtain an ISO 639 code
  • Ensure the requested language is sufficiently unique that it could not exist on a more general wiki.
  • Ensure that there are a sufficient number of native editors of that language to merit an edition in that language.
  • 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 apc (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Levantine Arabic Language name in English
Language name شامي 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 Q56593 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Levantine Arabic
  • native label (P1705) =
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language family / Arabic
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) =
  • writing system (P282) = Arabic alphabet
  • number of speakers (P1098) =
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 RTL 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 ويكيبيديا "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 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:... This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Asia/Damascus "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 (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


The Levantine language has become the easiest and most powerful Arabic derived language. It is taught as well in some of some universities around the world such as the university of Cambridge and it is spoken by more than 20 million individual around the globe. Therefore it ought to be recognized as one of Wikipedia's languages. --PersonneSyrienne (talk) 23:59, 14 June 2015 (UTC)


  • Oppose --Alaa :)..! 11:43, 25 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose --أبو هشام السوعان (talk) 10:48, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose What a absurd coincidences! Migration season to the absurd. -- صالح (talk) 19:51, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose As long as there is an Arabic encyclopedia, there is no benefit from this project. --عبد الله (talk) 06:20, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose-- All Arab countries speak Arabic and understand it why you wants to differentiates between the Arab peoples.--Bander7799 (talk) 09:01, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose All speakers of Levantine understand and speak Arabic as an official language. So I'm definitely against these projects.--Faisal talk 15:47, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Support The fact that there is a Wikipedia in Modern Standard Arabic doesn't mean that there shouldn't be a Wikipedia in any other contemporary variant of Arabic. --Cryptex (talk) 00:19, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support There's an ISO code and a strong community of speakers all around the world, it should have its own Wikipedia like any other language. A455bcd9 (talk) 08:13, 2 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose Although there's an ISO code, the actual Arabic speakers' communities around the real world doesn't really want to have separated dialects of Arabic to have Wikipedias. Am I wrong here? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 11:12, 2 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose --Mohanad Kh Talk 23:32, 23 December 2020 (UTC)