WikiIndaba conference 2018/Submissions/The Wiktionary, a project in the service of African languages

Submission no. 017
Title of the submission
The Wiktionary, a project in the service of African languages / Le Wiktionnaire, un projet au service des langues d'Afrique
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Benoît Prieur and Pamputt
Language of presentation
English, français
E-mail address
Benoît Prieur and Pamputt
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
The Wiktionary, a Wikimedia project less known than its big brother Wikipedia, is a free and open dictionary that aims to describe nothing less than all the words of all the languages. In addition to definitions, the Wiktionary provides much more lexicographic data (synonyms, pronunciation, related vocabularies, ...). This lecture will first present what is the Wiktionary, focused on the French edition. Then, the lecture will discussed about the advantages of the Wiktionnaries to preserve minority languages. Some examples about contributions on languages spoken in Africa (Afrikaans, Lingala, Koyraboro Senni Songhai and also Arabic, English, French, ...) will be presented. Simple ways to contribute will be presented.
Le Wiktionnaire est un projet Wikimedia moins connu que son grand frère Wikipédia. C'est un dictionnaire libre et gratuit qui vise à décrire pas moins que tous les mots de toutes les langues. En plus des définitions, le Wiktionnaire fournit beaucoup plus de données lexicographiques (synonymes, prononciation, thésaurus, ...). Cet exposé présentera tout d'abord ce qu'est le Wiktionnaire, centré sur la version francophone. Ensuite, l'exposé s'intéressera aux avantages des différentes versions linguistiques du Wiktionnaire pour préserver les langues minoritaires. Quelques exemples sur des contributions sur des langues parlées en Afrique (afrikaans, lingala, songhaï koyraboro senni et aussi l'arabe; l'anglais, le français, ...) seront présentés. Des moyens simples pour contribuer seront également abordés.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn what is the Wiktionary and how it works
Attendees will also learn how to use it in order to participate to the vitality of minority languages
Les participants apprendront ce qu'est le Wiktionnaire et comment il fonctionne
Les participants apprendront à l'utiliser en vue de participer à la vitalité des langues minoritaires
Theme of presentation
  • Sister Projects
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Any level is welcomed
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
not sure.
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final? Final

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  1. Alangi Derick (talk) 10:33, 25 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Blossom Ozurumba Talk 15:11, 5 February 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Committee decision



Comments (To be considered before February 16th, 2018):

  • Also deal with Lingua Libre project
  • If the comment is taken into consideration, we will add 10 min to the time of the presentation.
Dear organizer, thank you for having selected this proposal. We will speak about Lingua Libre in this presentation and so we accept the 10 additional minutes. Pamputt (talk) 19:08, 11 February 2018 (UTC)[reply]