Talk:European Day of Languages

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Turkey is not a European Nation, so Turkish should be removed from this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.243.74.114 (talk) 20:39, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

EDL -> European Day of Languages[edit]

I was searching for the meaning of EDL, in the end it appeared to be "European Day of Languages"

But Wiki is referring to another page when searching for EDL. More acronyms possible.

But I'm a reader, not a writer of Wikipedia (maybe a lazy one)

Updating needed![edit]

For information, the Council of Europe's website referenced in this article is now available in 15 languages. I don't have the time to update the article right now, so perhaps someone (the article's author?) might? Thanks! Cmissy (talk) 14:45, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Maltese is not "one of the smallest languages of Europe" by far.[edit]

I don't think we can make any meaningful statement about what could be one of the smallest languages. In any case, with 400,000 speakers, Maltese is spoken by more people than at least 85% of the living languages worldwide. Compare it to another European language: Erromintxela, which is spoken by 1,000 people. There have to be many languages spoken by fewer than 100,000 native speakers in Europe. Just look at Irish, a language with a high profile in the world, taught in public schools, with perhaps only 20,000 first language speakers in the world. For every Irish speaker, there are 20 speakers of Maltese! This is despite an aggressive effort to revive and establish the language. zadignose (talk) 23:19, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

The Map Must Go[edit]

A map showing the approximate distribution of indigenous languages in Europe

This map, which is currently displayed, is not necessary to the article, and appears very problematic. Frankly, it's not at all clear what this map is intended to display. It also appears to be a work in progress, with various languages being added and zones redefined... by whom? It's original research in itself.

What is it about? Many lines clearly follow national borders. Some languages which are spoken by millions appear alongside some which are spoken by a few thousands. Is it intended to display languages? Or countries? Is it supposed to show where languages "originated?" (that's pretty darn hard to determine, especially as languages constantly evolve, shift, migrate, etc., and have no defined starting point) If that were the case, then we should hardly recognize the map as conforming to modern political boundaries, as all of these languages evolved over thousands of years, but current boundaries have virtually ally been redefined in the last century. Is it supposed to show where languages are spoken? That too should not so closely conform to country borders. Where will Romani go?

Is it supposed to show the current political boundaries of countries, with the dominant language for each country displayed? In that case, minority languages have to go. They're not dominant anywhere.

However it's handled, there's no clue to help a reader understand the criteria by which the map is defined, or what it's supposed to show. Does the author of the map even know what the criteria are? zadignose (talk) 23:35, 26 September 2013 (UTC)