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A committee member provided the following comment:

There doesn't seem to be a problem with the eligibility here. --MF-W 23:11, 20 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
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What Value Example / Explanation
Language code rmq (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Caló Language name in English
Language name Caló 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 Q35466 - 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.

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We propose creating a Wiktionary project in Caló language. This language was largely spoken by the Romani people who lived and live in the Iberian peninsula. Nowadays, its number of speakers in this peninsula (mainly Spain and Portugal) can vary between 60 thousand and 150 thousand people, depending on the estimates. However, it is also spoken by Romani communities of Iberian origin, present in various countries of Latin America (especially in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil), thus the total number of speakers ranges between 65,000 and 170,000[1]).

Despite the relatively large number of speakers, the published dictionaries of this language are not very comprehensive or scientifically rigurous individually[2]. A collaborative project, such a Wiktioinary, could constitute a place to join efforts to create a well-organized Caló dictionary.

Moreover, many Caló terms have been borrowed in Spanish[3], Portuguese and Catalan, therefore, this Caló Wiktionary could also serve as reference and source of information for people looking for the etymology of many words included in the Wiktionaries of these other languages.

There is a growing awareness and appreciation for the Caló language, in part recenlty supported by linguists[4], and also by its importance and influence in songs, poetry and flamenco[5].

For these reasons, including cultural interest, linguistic relevance and usefulness for the current speakers of Caló and related languages, we request the creation of the Caló Wiktionary.


@Ddrazir: Have you ever created test project? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 10:52, 23 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]

No, I am currently looking for native Caló speakers who could contribute to the project by creating the main pages, but above all supervising / correcting new edits. --Ddrazir (talk) 16:18, 23 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]


  1. Luque, Alejandro (2016-12-19). "Difícil pervivencia de una lengua milenaria". El Correo. Retrieved 2020-04-21. 
  2. wikisource:es:Diccionario_gitano/Vocabulario_caló-castellano Caló-Spanish dictionary
  3. García, Mary-Ellen (December 2005). "Influences of Gypsy "Caló" on Contemporary Spanish Slang". Hipania 88 (4): 800–812. Retrieved 2020-04-21. 
  4. "Luisa Martín Rojo's biography". Retrieved 2020-04-21. 
  5. Gamella, Juan F.; Fernández, Cayetano; Nieto, Magdalena; Adiego, Ignasi-Xavier (December 2011). "The agony of a language". Gazeta de Antropología 27 (2). Retrieved 2020-04-21.