Alemannic Wikipedia

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The Alemannic Wikipedia (Alemannic: Alemannischi Wikipedia) is the Alemannic language edition of the Web-based free-content encyclopedia Wikipedia. The project was started on November 13, 2003 as an Alsatian language edition. A year later it was expanded to encompass all Alemannic dialects because of low activity in the first year. Since 2004 all Alemannic dialects are accepted on als:wp.

As of September 2016, this edition has about 21,800 articles[1] and is the 108th largest Wikipedia by number of articles.[2] Contributors and users include people from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Liechtenstein, and even a few Walser people from Italy.[citation needed]

A peculiarity of the Alemannic Wikipedia is the wide range of dialects permitted; all varieties of Alemannic, including Swiss German, Swabian, Alsatian, and all others are accepted. Authors may not normally alter the dialect used by another contributor, though exceptions are made for local topics, in which modifying the text to reflect the local variety is encouraged. Articles may thus be written in a mix of different varieties. Since there is no standardized orthography for Alemannic, spelling rules are quite relaxed. However, contributors are encouraged to adhere to spelling conventions found in the Alemannic-language literature, and introducing new symbols is not tolerated.[3]

The code als was used because in 2003 there had been no language code for Alsatian. ISO 639-3 gives four codes for several Alemannic dialects:

As all of these four dialects are accepted on the Alemannic Wikipedia, it was decided not to move the Alemannic Wikipedia to, even though the code als stands for Tosk Albanian in ISO 639-3. To solve this problem a request for a superior code for all Alemannic dialects has been submitted to SIL International by Alemannic Wikipedians.[4]

It was the first Wikipedia in a German dialect, followed by the Bavarian Wikipedia and the Ripuarian Wikipedia.

Other Wikimedia projects in Alemanic have also been created, such as an Alemannic Wiktionary, an Alemannic Wikiquote, and an Alemannic Wikibooks. As activity in these projects was low even after years, the community of the Alemannic Wikipedia decided to merge all Alemannic projects and import all contents of the other projects into the Alemannic Wikipedia. Since April 2008 these projects are separate namespaces within the Alemannic Wikipedia. Also an Alemannic Wikisource and an Alemannic Wikinews have been created as separate namespaces within als:wp.


Milestone Date Article[5]
1 article December 27, 2003 Chemie
1,000 articles October 13, 2005 Le Landeron (Zunftwesen)
2,000 articles June 7, 2006 Geschichte des Elsass
3,000 articles May 1, 2007 Arlesheim
4,000 articles July 12, 2008 Erklärung der Menschen- und Bürgerrechte
5,000 articles May 8, 2009 Hunspach
6,000 articles February 21, 2010 Amt Meienberg
7,000 articles December 14, 2010 Batterf
8,000 articles February 22, 2011 Buttwil
9,000 articles May 16, 2011 Boron
10,000 articles June 22, 2011 Josef Villiger
11,000 articles February 21, 2012 Summerlied

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alemannic Wikipedia statistics page
  2. ^ Meta-Wiki's list of language Wikipedias ordered by size
  3. ^ Wikipedia:Artikel#Froge un Antworte zum Dial.C3.A4kt
  4. ^ look here
  5. ^ Milestones on Alemannic Wikipedia

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