Saturday, September 25, 2010
More interesting than those two though is Spanish, which is down at 650,000 articles but has the largest number of edits out of any Wikipedia except the first three, so in terms of depth it's in fourth place.
The other interesting thing about the French Wikipedia at the moment is the featured article - this one on a priest and linguist named Charles de Foucauld who published a number of dictionaries on the Tuareg language(s). Wikipedia has an image here showing one of the pages from this handwritten dictionary.
By the way, one of my peeves:
La langue la plus utilisée sur Wikipédia est celle de Shakespeare (3,4 millions d'articles), devant celles de Goethe (1,1 million) et de Molière (1 million). Suivent le polonais, le japonais, l'italien, le néerlandais et l'espagnol.
What happens after you get past Shakespeare, Goethe, Molière and Cervantes? I guess Italian would be Dante, Dutch would be...? How about the language of Shouseki for Japanese? Estonian, er...the language of Kreutzwald. See, after just a few languages you're now out of the realm of world famous authors, and there's no purpose to it for the most well-known ones either. I promise to never call any language the "language of (famous writer)" except as satire.