Welcome to my user page. I am SZFSki the language maniac.
My areas of interest include Indo-European studies, Semitic linguistics, Slavic Languages, Pushkin, Historical Chinese Phonology, Literature of the Tang and Song dynasties, sociolinguistics, philosophy of translation, Catalan literature, Esperanto literature, medieval Persian literature and Middle Eastern literature.
On Wikipedia I mainly work on articles dealing with the literature of the pre-modern (i.e. 632–1918) Islamic world, since it has come to my attention that these articles are of undeservedly poor quality. I also contribute to articles dealing with Near Eastern and Far Eastern linguistic phenomena, including Middle Chinese, Palestinian Arabic, Andalusian Arabic, Persian phonology and the Egyptian language. The Canaanite Shift is largely my creation.
I've made it a habit to monitor language articles which are a source of popular attention such as Latin spelling and pronunciation and Ancient Greek phonology so as to make sure they don't get too deformed.
I've also started expanding the info on dialects of Chinese (to reflect linguistic, rather than geocultural divisions) and historical chinese phonology (to reflect scholarship of the late 20th century rather than relying on the older work of folk like Karlgren.)
Willy on Wheels is my butt boy.
If you're annoyed at me
If you are looking at this page because I've made an edit which really annoys you, it's likely to be one of the following
- I've undertaken a large re-vamping of Latin spelling and pronunciation to make it less simplistic, more detailed and more up-to-date with late 20th century scholarship. If something I've added to the article seems weird or flat-out wrong to you, I urge you to check the source listed before reverting it.
- I've also taken something of a hatchet to Hafez, an article which has suffered violence at the hands of editors who seem to think that the page is a place for them to describe how they feel about the poet.
- I've begun culling and modifying the Rumi article so as to reflect scholarship rather than New Age postulations and ethno-national bickering. When I find someone trying to project modern western attitudes about Rumi back in time and space into medieval Persia and Turkey, I'm going to edit it out. If I catch a whiff of anyone fighting over whether Rumi was "really" Iranian, Afghan, Persian or Turkish (as if those distinctions meant anything at the time,) it's going to be reverted.
Articles I Have Created
- Give Palestinian Arabic another major overhaul
- Bring articles on Varieties of Arabic and the Arabic Language up to speed with modern research that rejects the Standard/Colloquial diglossic distinction in favor of an approach that describes Arabic as a continuum.
- Fix Arabic Poetry so that it does not suck.
Articles Needing Enlargement
I've deemed the following articles to be in need of enlargement with material from their corresponding Wikipedia articles in other languages.
- From Catalan: Valencian Socialist Party, Matilde Salvador i Segarra and (most urgently) Ausiàs March
- From Galician: Rosalía de Castro
- From Esperanto: Vilma Sindona Eichholz, Reinhard Haupenthal, Martin Haase and Frederic Pujulà i Vallés.
Articles I plan to create
- Qasmuna bint Isma'il- Jewish female poet from 12th century Andalusia who wrote in Arabic.
- Al-Shanfara- pre-Islamic Su'luk poet and author of the لامية العرب, one of the most influential Arabic poems ever
- Muhammad al-Fayturi- Sudanese poet
- Faiza Abdullah Sultan- Iraqi poet
- Cantares Gallegos- book of poetry by Rosalía de Castro
- Persian prosody
- History of the Ukrainian Language
- History of the Albanian Language
- History of the Italian Language
- Phonological History of the French Language
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