Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Middle English 2

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Middle English Wikipedia[edit]

submitted verification final decision
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:

Extinct languages are not permitted according to the Language proposal policy. Jon Harald Søby 01:23, 20 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Proposal summary
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  • Related languages: Norman, Anglo-Saxon (Old English), Early Modern English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Middle Dutch, Old French
  • Number of speakers: Some second language speakers, taught in some schools.
  • Locations spoken: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales circa 1200-1450

Middle English was a period of the English language. This was the beginnings of Modern English, were many words borrowed from Norman made it into the language. After 1066 with the conquest of England from William, England went through language changes. Their culture would also blend into Norman cultures.

Votes in favor[edit]

  • 'Support' We have a Wikipedia for Old English, which has more than 1,000 pages. The Latin wikipedia has also had similar success. Remember, Middle English is not a extinct language. It's only dead, and we still have elements of it in Modern English. Middle English is sometimes taught in schools.

Votes against[edit]

  • It's not pining for the fjords, people. It's dead. Unlike Latin, there's absolutely nobody in the world who actually tries to communicate in Middle English, and there are no situations where one might turn to a Middle English Wikipedia to look something up. Gothic and Old English are moot, as old Wikipedias got grandfathered in.--Prosfilaes 05:48, 13 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Other discussion[edit]

I also propose that we get rid of this new "No Extinct or Historical languages" policy. First of all, languages like Middle English, Latin or Ancient Greek are not "extinct". They still, under some circumstances, still exist. Also, Latin and in some cases Middle English are taught in schools. And if we can't have any "historical" or "extinct" languages, then why do we have Gothic and Old English?--Kanzler31 01:15, 13 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]