Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Tyap

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Tyap

submitted verification final decision

This proposal has been approved.
The Board of Trustees and language committee have deemed that there is sufficient grounds and community to create the new language project.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Approved on 2022-04-01. --MF-W 22:12, 1 April 2022 (UTC) phabricator:T305279Reply[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 kcg (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Tyap Language name in English
Language name Tyap 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 Q3912765 - 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 Wukipedia "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace Wukipedia usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace A̱lyiat Wukipedia "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 File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-kcg.svg This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Africa/Lagos "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.


Greetings, Wikimedia Language Committee! I hereby present Wikipedia Tyap for creation. Tyap is a language spoken by over 200,000 people in southeastern Kaduna State, Nigeria. It is a dialect cluster with seven known dialects and an eighth, Jju, very closely related to it (considered both as a possible dialect and as a separate language) spoken around the same geographic location. This language is among the many endangered languages of the world. Today, due to unfriendly language policies dating to at least a century ago where an alien language was imposed on the people, as captured in Achi et al. in "A Short History of the Atyap", p. 141 (ISBN 978-978-54678-5-7)

The colonial education therefore alienated the learners from the[ir] historical background. The use of Hausa language in schools instead of Tyap, did not help in developing the learners' intellectual skills. It creates a barrier for them between home and school. The Colonial education therefore sought to destroy the old society in order to erect a new and parasitic society.

Today, the Tyap Language Development Board (Sot Byii̠k A̠lyem Tyap) and the Tyap Bible Translation Committee labour to reduce Tyap into writing as well as get as much of its speakers and aspiring learners get acquainted with the spelling system of the language through every available means including online channels such as Wikimedia, to help safeguard this language for the sake of the present and future generations.

After the Wikimedia Movement Strategy Global Events of November 5, 2020, which I was in attendance, I got across to members of the Tyap Language Development Board and expressed my intents of initiating Wikipedia Tyap by 2021, and they were excited and many of them showed willingness to contribute to it when eventually it is approved and created. In this way, those with sufficient knowledge in the language would help in its documentation and digitalisation which would inturn attract the attention of the young and old to aspire to learn the language and for the parents, engage their children in online learning of it.

THANK YOU ALL for your kind consideration in advance. Meanwhile, I will not relength in striving to introduce more hands into this project because I am aware the task is a very great one. I indeed appreciate! --Kambai Akau (talk) 22:11, 3 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Support Appears to meet criteria for eligibility. DraconicDark (talk) 19:13, 21 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks! Kambai Akau (talk) 23:27, 10 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We believe that this Wikipedia complies with eveything needed in order to be approved, could anyone please helps us either getting it approved or, if there is something missing, letting us know? --Caro de Segeda (talk) 16:12, 19 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply] has just been added to DNS. Mutante (talk) 23:31, 1 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Mutante -- Thanks a lot! We're gradually drawing nearer. Kambai Akau (talk) 15:57, 3 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


User:Steve Kally, User:Kambai Akau, User:Bello Lydia, User:Zbobai, User:Friday musa: Langcom is now in the process of approving the Tyap Wikipedia. In order to prepare for the creation of the wiki, please have a look at the settings proposed in the table at the top of the page (like project namespace name, project logo, and time zone) and change / add to them if necessary. Thanks. --MF-W 14:53, 24 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@MF-Warburg: -- Wonderful! Great!! Will do just that. Thanks! Kambai Akau (talk) 19:54, 24 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]