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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 lou (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Louisiana Creole Language name in English
Language name kourí-viní, kriyòl Lalouzyònn, françé 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 Q1185127 - 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 Wikipédya "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 This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Continent/City "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.


Louisiana Creole is a highly endangered language that has struggled to assert its distinctiveness as a linguistic code for a number of reasons. First, it is often conflated with Louisiana French, a term that encompasses what is popularly known as "Cajun French." While these languages share a great deal of basic vocabulary, phonology, and semantics, their contemporary proximity does not nullify their historical independence. Second, Louisiana Creole lacks a standardized orthography (although one has recently been proposed). Though attestations of the language exist as early as the 18th century, each author has employed their own idiosyncratic way of representing the language to varying degrees of success. Third, Louisiana Creole--like many creole languages across the globe--suffers under the stigma of being a "broken" language. By demonstrating Louisiana Creole's capacity to function as a modern language, it is hoped that speakers will take pride in using their language and passing it on to future generations. Furthermore, it will give heritage learners of the language a body of work to read in Louisiana Creole.

The vitality of the small group of online learners of this language can readily be seen by visiting the Louisiana Creole Language Fanpage on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Kourivini). It is this group of learners and speakers who will be instrumental in implementing this project.--Na wendte (talk) 19:32, 26 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

(Moved from Requests for new languages/WIKIPEDIA LANGUAGE.) Louisiana Creole, or kouri-vini (so-called because of the distinct grammar structures within the language) has an ongoing re-vitalization effort including a recent standardization of the orthography of the language. According to wikipedia, there are at least 10,000 speakers of the language, but there is some difficulty estimating an exact size. Therefore, the wikipedia will be a useful tool for regular native speakers, the even larger audience of passive users, teachers, historians, language activists, and the yet larger group of people with heritage ties to the language as the re-vitilization efforts document large parts of Louisiana and Southern/New France history. It is worth noting that a huge amount of written and audio records in Louisiana are either in Louisiana French or Louisiana Creole and this language project could fill a number of gaps in existing articles of other languages if it is successful. Please provide guidance on creating a wikidata page for this entry if a separate one is needed. A manual on the commons phonemes/orthography can be found here. A dictionary can be found here. --Rivere123 (talk) 23:03, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


  1. Support - Safaraj (talk) 10:05, 14 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Support --Caro de Segeda (talk) 15:35, 17 November 2023 (UTC)[reply]