Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Tyap

main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Tyap
submitted verification final decision
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The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval and will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

A committee member provided the following comment:

There seem to be no obvious problems with eligibility. --MF-W 18:33, 10 October 2021 (UTC)
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code kcg (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Tyap Language name in English
Language name A̱lyem Tyap Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q3912765 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Tyap
  • native label (P1705) =
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language, modern language /
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) = kcg
  • writing system (P282) = Latin script
  • number of speakers (P1098) =
Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality LTR Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Project name Wikipidya "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace Wikipidya Tyap usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace A̠lyiat Wikipidya "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-kcg.svg This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Africa/Lagos "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit phabricator task (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


Greetings, Wikimedia Language Committee! I hereby present Wikipedia Tyap for creation. Tyap is a language spoken by over 200,000 people in southeastern Kaduna State, Nigeria. It is a dialect cluster with seven known dialects and an eighth, Jju, very closely related to it (considered both as a possible dialect and as a separate language) spoken around the same geographic location. This language is among the many endangered languages of the world. Today, due to unfriendly language policies dating to at least a century ago where an alien language was imposed on the people, as captured in Achi et al. in "A Short History of the Atyap", p. 141 (ISBN 978-978-54678-5-7)

The colonial education therefore alienated the learners from the[ir] historical background. The use of Hausa language in schools instead of Tyap, did not help in developing the learners' intellectual skills. It creates a barrier for them between home and school. The Colonial education therefore sought to destroy the old society in order to erect a new and parasitic society.

Today, the Tyap Language Development Board (Sot Byii̠k A̠lyem Tyap) and the Tyap Bible Translation Committee labour to reduce Tyap into writing as well as get as much of its speakers and aspiring learners get acquainted with the spelling system of the language through every available means including online channels such as Wikimedia, to help safeguard this language for the sake of the present and future generations.

After the Wikimedia Movement Strategy Global Events of November 5, 2020, which I was in attendance, I got across to members of the Tyap Language Development Board and expressed my intents of initiating Wikipedia Tyap by 2021, and they were excited and many of them showed willingness to contribute to it when eventually it is approved and created. In this way, those with sufficient knowledge in the language would help in its documentation and digitalisation which would inturn attract the attention of the young and old to aspire to learn the language and for the parents, engage their children in online learning of it.

THANK YOU ALL for your kind consideration in advance. Meanwhile, I will not relength in striving to introduce more hands into this project because I am aware the task is a very great one. I indeed appreciate! --Kambai Akau (talk) 22:11, 3 December 2020 (UTC)


Support Appears to meet criteria for eligibility. DraconicDark (talk) 19:13, 21 August 2021 (UTC)