Requests for new languages/Wiktionary Newspeak

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Newspeak Wiktionary[edit]

main page Requests for new languages (Wiktionary Newspeak)
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This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

This language is fictional and does not have any recognition as a lingustic entity. — Timichal 21:32, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
Proposal summary
  • Language details: Newspeak
  • Editing community: microchip08 (P), Insert names here
    List your user name if you're interested in editing the wiki. Add "N" next to your
    name if you are a native speaker of this language.
  • Relevant pages: No incubator yet
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Arguments in favour[edit]

I think that a Newspeak Wiktionary would be a good addition to Wikipedia, as 1984 is a major work that, in my opinion, is a defining work of the 20th Century. There is a large number of people on the English Wikipedia that have put Newspeak userboxes on their userpages, and I am sure that many of them would like to participate.

However, I am finding difficulty to alert users about this page, due to Wikipedia's WP:CANVAS policy.

Arguments against[edit]

  • I don't think this is a real language. "Newspeak" is a literary idea, developed by George Orwell, but there are no works written in newspeak. What's next? Orkish? Westron? --Johannes Rohr 14:01, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
  • After all, Newspeak is the only language whose vocabulary shrinks every year. There hasn't been a definitive "release" of newspeak vocabulary (other than Orwell's essay at the end of 1984, which is strictly grammatical). PTO 14:20, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

General discussion[edit]