Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Tiv

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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.

    This proposal is on hold:

    On hold until the test project starts on incubatorwiki; editing of pages other than the main page should start. --Sotiale (talk) 05:50, 11 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • 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 tiv (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Tiv Language name in English
Language name dzwa Tiv 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 Q34131 - 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 "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 UTC+1 "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.

Tiv is language spoken in Nigeria, and some surrounding areas in Cameroon. It has more than 5 million speakers, and it is one of the most spoken languages in the country, with large amounts of speakers in Nasarawa, Benue and other states. It is Niger-Congo language, like many other languages spoken in the country.

The creation of Tiv Wikipedia, whenever this take place, will aid the language in general, and will aid its digital ascent. Tiv is a language that is greatly underrepresented on the internet, and very few literature exists in this language. It is indicative that in the time that the proposal was made, Tiv test Wikipedia had not even one page at all, while other languages with similar amounts of speakers, e.g. Norwegian, have nearly 600,000 articles. Lack of education and publishing in Tiv, poverty, fewer penetration of the internet and the prestige of English, a legacy of the colonial era, are reasons to name for the lack of the existence of Tiv Wikipedia and the few articles in the existing African wikis.

The creation of Tiv Wikipedia, when it will earn a fairly good degree of activity somewhere in the future, will aid the expansion of free knowledge in Nigerian languages, that grows in a good pace these days, linking to the net of free knowledge some languages with large amounts of speakers, but few users and articles.

NikosLikomitros (talk) 11:33, 8 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Status in Translatewiki: Nonexistent, no messsges have been ever localised. NikosLikomitros (talk) 11:34, 8 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]