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What Value Example / Explanation
Language code sli (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Lower Silesian Language name in English
Language name Schläsch 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 Q152965 - 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.

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Enable uploads yes Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
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Lower Silesian is a language spoken in parts of present-day Poland that were formerly German, the Czech Republic and in the German district of Görlitz.

It has ISO 639-3 codes which is sli.

It was in endanger in Time after the 2th war but is now again adopted by many young people. It has great litereray tradition. Major canonical written art of Germany has portions of Schlesisch in it, especially by poet and playwrighter en:Gerhart Hauptmann who much renowned is and taught at the schools always.

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The language is called Lower Silesian.. Not Silesian German, this is not even considered to be an alternate name. GerardM 06:55, 2 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I disagree. First of all it isn't a language, it's a (or a group of) dialect(s) of the German language. Secondly the term Lower Silesian seems to be incorrect. And the alternate name Lower Schlesisch (a mix of English and German) sounds very funny. I prefer the term Silesian (Dialect). Jonny84 17:28, 16 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Please convince the ISO of your opinion. GerardM 19:11, 16 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • Due to the expulsion of Germans after World War II, Lower Silesian is virtually extinct. I don't believe that enough editors will turn up. Additionally, just as Bajuvaric, Palatian and all the other dialects/regional languages, except for Low Saxon and Alsatian, maybe, Lower Silesian has with very few exceptions been a spoken vernacular only. There was almost no print production, except, maybe, for some pieces by Gerhard Hauptmann and other "Heimatdichtung". In fact, what I see at the test project looks to me very much like standard Hochdeutsch just with some phonetics changed. Anyone understanding Hochdeutsch should be easily able to read the test articles. I am not qualified to judge but my impression is, that this does not accurately reflect what Lower Silesian was really like. --Johannes Rohr 10:43, 3 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • Lower Silesian dialects (German Silesian dialects), is a German dialect/language spoken in Silesian. Today, the area is mainly in southwestem Poland, but as well as in northeastem Chech Republic and in eastem Germany. The Lower Silesian dialect is recognized by German minority in Poland has improved much since 1991. Most Germans in Poland live in Silesia (93% of all Germans in Poland): Opole Voivodeship - 104,399 i.e. approx. 69,9% all Germans in Poland, and approx. 10% of the population of this Voivodeship and Silesia Voivodeship - 31,882 i.e. approx. 20,8% of all Germans in Poland. -- 9:50, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

The following comment was initially placed on the talk page by an IP, because this page was semi-protected.
  • Why isn't there any edit option for the content page? I'd like to add my point of view, as:

- Schlesisch is not a lanuage, but actually there are some different variants of middle-german (=deutsch not germanisch!) dialects (Dialekte or Mundarten), very similar to the other middle german dialects as: Alemannisch, Fränkisch, Hessisch, Schwäbisch ...
- Slask ("Oberschlesisch") is a mixture of mainly Polnish and German (its grammar seems to be polnish). I dont know why and who invented the term "Ober"schlesisch, as OS is not spoken in the mountains (that whould be Gebirgsschlesisch) - I would call it Polesisch (Polesian ;') (mixed) language (not a dialect!). OS in polnisch is "gorny slask" that literally rendered would be Bergschlesisch, but why??? 23:02, 20 January 2009 (UTC)[reply]

  • And indeed: some pages in the schlesian test area are not completely schlesisch, but with a lot of "normal" German words (Hochdeutsch) for all words that are missing in Schlesian, or that the author couldnt find the proper silesian equivalent for... - as for me I dislike this substitution-practice. (Except for some words that didnt exist when schlesian was still alive (before the expulsion after WW2 - as Flemmerkostla [-kåst-] or rather: Fannseer [-seä(r)]) 23:17, 20 January 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Final translation


Thank you for you perseverance; this request is ready for approval and the wiki will soon be created. Please provide the following translations so that we can create the wiki:

Variable English Schläsisch Explanation
$wgSitename Wikipedia Wikipeedia the name of the website, which will appear in the title bar or when you use {{SITENAME}} on the wiki.
$wgMetaNamespace Wikipedia Wikipeedia The name of the project namespace, which contains policies, processes, et cetera.
$wgMetaNamespaceTalk Wikipedia_Talk Wikipeedia_Dischkur The name of talk namespace associated with the project namespace. 9:50, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

Localisation update


So far no localisation is available at Betawiki consequently no approval will be forthcoming unless the most used messages have all been localised. GerardM 19:23, 18 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]

So far localisation is available at Betawiki. 9:50, 9 September 2008 (UTC)




localisation information

  • Most work has been done. So wiki be approved and created.
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