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My Languages
Cgisf-tgg.svg This user is a linguist.
kt-N Cōluq na meqakkiŝtōn ħakarūl megaláisi daggĕ tauŝ Kaŝteskomen luqsodenter.
en-5 This user can contribute with a professional level of English.
fr-3 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau avancé de français.
ru-3 Этот участник свободно владеет русским языком.
la-3 Hic usor callidissima latinitate contribuere potest.
ar-3 هذا المستخدم يستطيع المساهمة بالعربية بمستوى متقدم.
yi-3 דער באַניצער קען בײַשטײַערן מיט אַ פֿאָרגעשריטענער דרגה פֿון; ייִדיש.
es-3 Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel avanzado de español.
lzh-3 此士工於文言
lzh-3 此君工於中古漢語
Tsiɛ̌ giuən gungio djiunggǒ xɑ̀nngiǔ
This user has a good knowledge of Middle Chinese
de-3 Dieser Benutzer hat sehr gute Deutschkenntnisse.
eo-3 Ĉi tiu uzanto povas komuniki per alta aŭ flua nivelo de Esperanto.
ang-3 Þes brūcere cann forðian mid forþweardre mǣðe Englisces.
es-3 Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel avanzado de español.
משתמש זה מסוגל לתרום ברמה מתקדמת של עברית.‏
rom-2 Kado jeno vakyarel e Romani chib opretele.
it-2 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello intermedio di italiano.
fa-2 دانش فارسی این کاربر درسطح متوسط است.
pie-2 So bhrug.énts méd.i̯om dń̩gu̯eʕ̯m Prʔ̩.mó-Sindhú-Eurōpʕ̩́i̯eʕ̯m u̯ói̯dʕ̯e
cu-2 Сь польѕевател҄ь глаголѥтъ словѣньскы трьпимо.
nov-2 Dis usere pove komunika per medi nivele de novial.
ro-2 Acest utilizator poate contribui în română la un nivel intermediar.
ase-2 This user can communicate at an intermediate level in American Sign Language.
gl-2 Este usuario pode contribuír cun nivel intermedio de galego.
cy-2 Fe all y defnyddiwr 'ma gyfrannu ar lefel ganolradd y Gymraeg.
ca-2 Aquest usuari pot contribuir amb un nivell mitjà de català.
nl-2 Deze gebruiker heeft een middelmatige kennis van het Nederlands.
enm-2 Muchel knoweth this segge of Englissh.
grc-2 Ὅδε ὁ χρήστης δύναται συμβάλλεσθαι μετρίᾳ γνώσει τῆς ἀρχαίας ἑλληνικῆς.
ke-2 Ὁ χρήστης οὗτος δύναται συνεισφέρειν μετὰ μέσης γνώσεως τῆς Κοινῆς Ἑλληνικῆς.
oc-2 Aqueste utilizaire pòt contribuir amb un nivèl mejan d’occitan.
pl-2 Ten użytkownik posługuje się językiem polskim na poziomie średnio zaawansowanym.
sjn-2 I iuithron hen gâr ist vaer o lam Edhellen.
qya-2 Yuhtaro sina ná mára hanyo quenyanen.
These users are able to contribute with an intermediate knowledge of Quenya.
non-2 Þessum njót er stirt norrœnt mál.
cmn-2 該用戶能以一般官話進行交流。
mnl-1 Deze gebruiker bezit elementaire kennis van het Middelnederlands.
lb-1 Dëse Benotzer ka mat Grondkenntnisser vun der Lëtzebuerger Sprooch zum Projet bäidroen.
rue-1 Йсі Вікипедянты вмівут уживати русинськый язык на базовом рôвні.
scn-1 St'utenti pò cuntribbuiricci c'un sicilianu ôn liveddu sìmprici.
tmr‑1 משתמש הדא ממלל ארמיא דתלמודא בבלאה בדרגא פשיטא.‏
co-1 Stu utilizatore cuntribuisce cu un' livellu bàsicu di corsu.
fro-1 Icest faitre poet assister a un nivel bas de la langue francor.
rm-1 Quest utilisader pos contribuir cun in nivel elementar da rumantsch.
sh-1 Ovaj korisnik posjeduje osnovno znanje srpskohrvatskog jezika.
Овај корисник поседује основно знање хрватскосрпског језика.
nv-1 Díí choyoołʼįįhí Diné Bizaad t'áá áłts'íísígo bił bééhózin.
akk-1 Annu awilu damqu epasu esu pilku ina Akkaditum.
This user has a nearly complete understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
fgn-4 This user speaks several dialects of foreign at a near native level.
This user has a near complete understanding of the Braille.
This user is a translator and proofreader from French to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
This user is a translator and proofreader from Arabic to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
This user is a translator and proofreader from Russian to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
This user is a translator and proofreader from German to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
This user is a translator from Catalan to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
Human Language Families (wikicolors).png This user is a member of
WikiProject Languages.
…in. Ending a sentence with a preposition is something that this user is okay with.
to¦go This user chooses to sometimes use split infinitives.
they This user considers singular they standard English usage.
English Singulars: "The data is..." This user recognizes that "data", "media", and "agenda" have become incorporated into English as singular nouns.
خط هذا المستخدم يعشق الخط العربي.
This user loves Arabic calligraphy.
اي الكلام ده؟ اليوزر ده بيأيد إستعمال اللغات العامية في الكتابة.
This user supports the use of colloquial Arabic in writing.
قل يا ايها المتحذلقون هذا المستخدم يعتبر الفصحى لغة صناعية.
This user considers Modern Standard Arabic to be a constructed language.
بتعرف ايش؟ هذا المستخدم يستقبح استقباح العامية.
This user is revolted by those who denigrate colloquial Arabic.
أ ≠ ا هذا المستخدم يهتم بوضع الهمزة على الألف.
VMS This user is intrigued by the Voynich Manuscript and hopes to decipher it some day.

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[edit]

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[edit]

Slavic microlanguages, Adel Karasholi, Raymond C Kelly, Jeanne-Marie Cash

Future Projects[edit]

  • 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.

Articles Needing Enlargement[edit]

I've deemed the following articles to be in need of enlargement with material from their corresponding Wikipedia articles in other languages.

Articles I plan to create[edit]

Me and Life[edit]

Me and Politics
كوردستان This user supports a free Kurdistan.


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Flag of Tibet.svg This user supports the independence of Tibet.
Female.svgFemale.svgMale.svgMale.svg This user supports both straight and gay marriages, and is against any restrictions on who can marry.
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strict gun control.
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Female.svg This male user supports feminism.
Me and Math
This user can prove that is irrational.
6×9=42 This user jokes in base 13.


This user loves problem solving.
This user enjoys n-dimensional objects.
=1 This user knows that 0.9...(repeating) is exactly 1 and can prove it, but wishes that other people could understand it the way he does.
Me and Religion
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Hanlon's Razor This user never attributes to malice that which is best explained by stupidity.
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against unfounded myth
and unbalanced in service of the truth
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تصوف This user is interested in Sufism.
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This user is interested in Islam.
no fun This user would argue that, despite its name, there is hardly any "fun" at all in fundamentalism...!
Me and Sex
Bi flag.svg This user is bisexual, not confused.
Bimale.svg This user is a bi male.
Gay flag.svg This user identifies as queer.
Me and Music


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Me and Literature
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WikiProject Poetry
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This user enjoys the works of Isaac Asimov.
Cavafy1900-portrait.jpg This user loves the poetry of Constantine P. Cavafy.
بعيشك This user enjoys the poetry of Ibn Khafaja.
هذا المستخدم يستمتع بشعر ابن خفاجة
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Wilfred Owen.
This user enjoys the works of Orson Scott Card.
1.618... This user is under the influence of Philip K. Dick.
Me and my Computer
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This user maintains a blog.
LJ This user maintains a LiveJournal.
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C++ This user can program in C++.
js This user can program in JavaScript.
<html> This user can write HTML.
{{Wiki}} This user is an intermediate writer in the MediaWiki language.
C-0 This person does not understand C (or does not want to program in C).
| This user hates that their keyboard doesn't include the | key.
Me and Wikipedia
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This user is an occasional, recreational and non-malicious vandal.
wiki-2 This user is an intermediate Wikipedia editor.
IP address This user supports mandatory registration.
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Screwit.svg This user reserves the right to completely screw up their own edits.
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Me and Other Stuff
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IQ This user's Intelligence Quotient is between 160 and 185.
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