Sunday, May 26, 2013
A few articles:
- Zulu is now compulsory in the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
- Stellenbosch University starting in 2014 will have simultaneous interpretation between English and Afrikaans (and vice versa) in order to do away with students having to choose between classes in one language and another.
- A discussion in Esperanto on the pronunciation of c, plus antaŭ vs. ante, etc.
- The Financial Times has launched a new Spanish-language service, focused on Latin America.
- A Vatican Radio broadcast with the fairly well-known Latinist Reginald Foster.
Finally something interesting on Wikipedia that is usually found in the less-used languages but now in the 1 million+ ones:
That's a list of the largest Wikipedias by number of articles, and going back at least to 2005 the ranking by article count has always been English, then German, and then French about 100,000 articles behind German. Over the past few weeks Dutch has all of a sudden gone from a bit over 1 million to nearly 1.6 million, leaping over French and soon to be the second-largest after English. This of course is artificial and mostly done by bots, and the number of edits, users and depth make this clear:
Edits: German 124 million, French 93 million, Dutch 38 million
Users: German 1.7 million, French 1.6 million, Dutch 0.5 million
Active users: German 20.8 thousand, French 18 thousand, Dutch 4.7 thousand
Depth: German 89, French 162, Dutch 10
So there may be some grousing soon after Dutch takes over second place in this ranking.
Below the 1 million mark the two worst offenders are: Waray-Waray and Cebuano, both with 350,000+ articles and a depth of 3 and 4. The ones with the best depth on that level: Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, and Persian.