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main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Polabian)
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Proposal summary
  • Language details: Polabian (Venska rec, po [invented])
  • Editing community: Vladis
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  • Number of speakers: a dead language, but comprehensible for any Slavic language speaker
  • Locations spoken: up to the 18th century spoken in the region of Wendland of Lower Saxonia, in the Medieval Ages spoken in the current German states of Brandeburg, Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a part of Schlesswig-Holstein and Niedersachsen. There are some dictionaries and short texts preserved in this language mostly from the 18th century
  • Related languages: Slavic language, nearly related to Polish and Kashubian, large similarity with Sorbian, Czech etc.
  • Promoting organizations: museum of Luechow (Lower Saxonia), [1]


I propose this language, because of the interest of my friends from Slavic countries and Eastern Germany. The Wikipedia page written in Polabian could be an important platform for the people interested in their own origins and nearly forgotten traditions (a large number of the onomastic richness of Eastern Germany testifies its Slavic origin). This Wikipedia would contain a dictionary to facilitate the use of the page. The scripture should be based on the scripture used in the scientific literature. I do not believe that there would be a revival movement of this language similar to the case of Cornish, but I just want to support the conscience, how this language looks like and that it may be understood by Slavic speakers and invite other interested people to participate or just to learn something about Polabian


  • Mild Support: I'm not good supporting dead languages, but this is a little exception.--Taichi - (あ!) 19:03, 3 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support --Ђорђе Д. Божовић 01:29, 12 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • SUPPORT Pietras1988 12:38, 11 March 2006 (UTC)
  • support: Ciosek 19:00, 17 March 2006 (UTC) the last man speaking Polabian say “if I die nobody may know how was dog in Wendich”. But the language words are remembered. We need only coherent space and wendich/polabian test wikipedia is good idea. We have other wikis for languages considered dead 1000 years ago. Polabian is considered dead only few generations ago. Plenty of his speakers migrated oversees and cultivated tradition in other countries. Northern part of Germany few million of people may be interested to knew language of its ancestors.Reply[reply]
  • Support nl:Gebruiker:Boudewijn Idema , 13:50 , 19 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Support You all say you're opposed to a wiki in a dead language except for classical languages (latin) ; I don't think gothic and old english are classical languages, but they do have a wiki ; so why not this one ? -- Sajasaze 18:16, 4 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support .--Absar 10:44, 31 August 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Troublemaker 09:18, 5 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support this language has to be rebron in Wiki! --Andrusiak 09:51, 14 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Oppose Gdarin | talk 12:55, 5 January 2006 (UTC) extinct language, little published and unpublished materialReply[reply]
  • Oppose - Who could write this Wikipedia? Who knows this language? Maybe two or three specialised university professors somewhere... Positively not a promising plan. -- Raetius 11:43, 10 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Caesarion 09:51, 17 January 2006 (UTC) I am not against wikis in dead languages per se, but Polabian is (afaik) neither the subject of a revival movement (as is Cornish) nor a classical language (like Latin). Unless you can show me the existence of a Polabian language revival movement, I will not support this request.Reply[reply]
  • Oppose IMHO a long-dead, little-known language is neither suitable nor necessary for collecting and distributing up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable information. Arbeo 16:33, 27 February 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose - I think I could understand it as a Slavic and this should be exciting. On the other hand I doubt necessity of creating a Wikipedia in such not known language even in it's rootland :( D_T_G 19:42, 9 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Puţin Contra (weak oppose) - it won't bring knowledge, none uses that language as a national. pl:Wikipedysta:Michał P.
  • Only a wiktionary. I oppose the idea of Polabian wikipedia. / tsca 12:40, 11 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose No Wiki for a dead language. Who should write there? It would be only for a few academics. Kenwilliams 20:06, 13 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose OE may not be in some people's eyes (that's a matter of debate though that we haven't room for here), but Gothic is a classical in the sense that it gives us a significant link to PGmc and the still extant Germanic languages. Polabian can make no such claim. Jim62sch 21:34, 24 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose ditto above... Baristarim 05:20, 23 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose. Wiki's in extinct languages born dead -- Raghav 14:12, 15 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose.--Mustafa Akalp 10:26, 21 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]