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Interlingue Wikipedia[edit]



  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
  1. At any given point, we have around 2-3 regulars. Dorlota (talk · contribs) is the driving force behind content creation right now. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
  1. Interlingue has never had native speakers. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
  1. Mostly Europe, but we have members worldwide. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
  1. There have been 3 Interlingue-meetups in Germany over the last decade; Wikipedia is likely a topic of conversation. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with other Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
  1. Primarily between other constructed language Wikipedias, particularly Esperanto and Interlingua. Previously with Novial and Volapük, but those are pretty dead right now. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
  1. The vast majority of content is translated. We do have some original content, which is almost exclusively about the Interlingue movement itself (e.g. ie: Gerald A. Moore, ie:Lars Dahlerus); we don't do notability guidelines, so those articles are likely to remain ie~only. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
  1. Interlingue doesn't have a country per se; in the last few decades, the Interlingue Union has been centred in Germany and Switzerland however. We have no overarching organisation. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?
  1. If we count the Interlingue Discord server as an organisation, to a limited extent. Not really. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Your Wikipedia and the linguistic community[edit]

  • Is there a language institution for your language, like an Academy, or a club of people interested in your language? Do you have contact with them?
  1. There aren't really enough Interlingue speakers to have ie~wiki being separate from the Interlingue Union/Academy/IE Munde. Yes, there are clubs, and I'd say that everyone who contributes on ie~wiki is a member of at least one of them. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • What does the public outreach for your edition look like? Do you have flyers, give lectures, training etc.?
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  1. There exist pages for reader feedback, but no-one writes on them ;( Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
  1. No full encyclopaedias to my knowledge, although I may be incorrect. I know of one Interlingue language entry in de:Albert Bruckner's 1938 Swiss biographical dictionary, which was an editorial mistake (all entries were meant to be in de/fr/it, Bruckner likely mistook Interlingue for Italian haha) Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]


  • Does your edition concentrate on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
  1. There should absolutely be a focus on the history of Interlingue and the international language movement in general. This is in line with all of the other conlang Wikipediae. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
  1. We use material from ie:Cosmoglotta for quite a few biographies, where we haven't gotten round to writing more complete entries. Primarily obituaries. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
  1. We use Haas' grammar of Interlingue, and we have built online dictionaries which are de facto standards. For coining new terms, we have en:De Wahl's rule, so you can't go too far wrong. Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
  1. n/a Frzzl (talk) 14:48, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

See also[edit]