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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.

A committee member provided the following comment:

This language is not eligible, per the Language proposal policy, specifically point 4 under "Requisites for eligibility". Jon Harald Søby (talk) 09:16, 22 April 2016 (UTC)[reply]
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What Value Example / Explanation
Language code prg (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Old Prussian Language name in English
Language name Pruſiſcan 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 Q35501 - 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 no indication 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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An Ancient Baltic language which was used to be a Literary Language up until the late 1600s. It would to be interesting to have this language for linguistics could compare it with other Indo-European languages and Baltic Languages as well as dialekts like Low Prussian.

Q & A:

1. Q: Why Old Prussian?

2. A: Mainly as an object of study.

1. Q: Is the language standardised?

2. A: No, you should use the dictionary form and case ending which applies, and it's good idea to make an assumption with grammatical cases that they are very similar to Lithuanian.

1. Where do I find sources on Old Prussian?

2. You can find Old Prussian Sources here, here, and [here.]

1. Q: Does anyone speak Old Prussian?

2. A: No, but you can use a dictionary to find words and I/We will know what you mean.

1. Q: What should I do if I come by words which have no Old Prussian equivalent? (E.g. Computer)

2. A: Make a loanword that fits and doesn't look out of place, (E.g. Don't write Computer, write something like Kompjutew.), or take a word from a neighbouring language like Latvian or Polish etc.

Be warned that my English is not perfect. Ólafur Liljurós (talk) 19:57, 2 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]


Mightst I then ask why Latin and Gothic are Wikipedias? Ólafur Liljurós (talk) 17:56, 23 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Because they were created before the modern rules were. Latin has native speakers, in a manner of speaking, has modern vocabulary and is the official language of the Vatican; it's really not parallel to anything else.--Prosfilaes (talk) 09:25, 24 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]