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Gilbertese WikipediaEdit

main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Gilbertese)
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Proposal summary
  • Language details: Gilbertese (Taetae ni Kiribati, gil ISO 639-3)
  • Editing community: Belgian man (P), User:Enzino
    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.
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The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.
  • Most spoken language and official language in Kiribati, important language in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, important minority language in Nauru and Vanuatu. Belgian man 16:32, 10 October 2005 (UTC)
  • On internet, there are at least 2 dictionaries en-gil, 3 gil-en and 1 course. Belgian man 21:07, 3 Jul 2005 (UTC)
  • Kiribatese is the main language in Kiribati, the second language in Tuvalu, the sixth language in Fiji, the eighth or ninth language in Nauru, the forty-seventh language in the Solomon Islands and the sixty-third language in Vanuatu; all qua number of speakers. Belgian man 16:32, 10 October 2005 (UTC)
  • (I am busy with learning the language. Belgian man 16:32, 10 October 2005 (UTC))
  • Related languages: Kosraean, Marshallese, Mokilese, Pingelapese, Pohnpeian, Carolinian, Chuukese, Mapia, Mortlockese, Namonuito, Pááfang, Puluwatese, Sonsorolese, Satawalese, Tobian, Tanapag, Ulithian and Woleaian, more distantly: all Malayo-Polynesian languages
  • Number of speakers: circa 100 000
  • Locations spoken: Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand
  • Official language of Kiribati, the people is split into 21 unhabited atolls and Internet is one way to help its standard.

    The Kiribati language is far from extinct, and just about all speakers use it daily. Only 30% of Kiribati speakers are fully bilingual with English, meaning that the language is in no current danger of being swallowed by English.


  • Support'---Enzino 19:47, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Support, is a national language, but in ethnologue.com referes the number of speakers circa 70 000.--Taichi - (あ!) 01:27, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Support - Belgian man (nl na en) 19:18, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • The usual objection, Belgian man: please try to find some native speakers willing to contribute, then you'll get my support. Try a test-wiki. Caesarion 09:14, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
    • I'll do everything that I can, Caesarion (maybe I'll begin a mail offensive to Kiribatese people :-) ) Belgian man (nl na en) 19:13, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Oppose we do not need wikipedias by people who do not speak that language GerardM 20:22, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Oppose (strong one this time). The people from Kiribati are intelligent enough to request a Gilbertese Wikipedia themselves when they deem it necessary. One disaster like the Nauru one is enough already for Wikipedia. Belgian Man, if you want to contribute in a useful way, please try to find some native speakers (or at least one for a start!) for na-wiki. As yet, it's definitely not a reference for entrusting more wikis to you. Arbeo 14:44, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
    • (Arbeo of course doesn't know that we have a native contributor for na:) Belgian man (nl na en) 16:21, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
      • Do you, really? That's great news! Arbeo 18:18, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
        • Indeed; but the user isn't active for te moment. But I can have contact with him by mail - he is studying for the moment. Belgian man (nl na en) 16:18, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Oppose - When I see the native speaker in action on Nauru wikipedia my mind can be changed. Waerth 21:13, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Support, but enough native speakers must be found. :o) Hégésippe | ±Θ± 18:30, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Support Revolución 02:06, 24 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Support :) Servien 16:05, 26 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Support - a national language of an independent nation -- Raetius 11:22, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Support - If native speakers are found - Dolledre Dolledre 16:59, 25 February 2006 (UTC)
  • Support - Original Language, native Speakers. Why not. Kenwilliams 20:28, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Support nl:Boudewijn Idema, 13:42 , 19 March (UTC)
  • Support nl:Gebruiker:Al 17:34 31 March (UTC)

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