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Hi AR![edit]

Hey thanks for the kind words re Georg Cantor! :-)

Now I need to study for prelims, and hope to stay from Wikipedia 'til September-ish, but I'll be back...

...and when I do return, I hope to also return to my work on articles related to Linguistics. I've been away for a while.. I hope to hit the List of Endangered languages pretty hard, adding tons of material until everyone says "Uncle" and lets me split it into several lists, as should have been done a long time ago.. and work on the several Formosan languages... Hawaiian language.. Austronesian languages.. etc.

I really appreciate your help & esprit de corps!

Later Ling.Nut 11:11, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Great! I may be able to collaborate with you on Hawaiian and Austronesian, as I have some relevant knowledge and materials. Let me know when you're ready to go! Alan --A R King 18:15, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Congrats![edit]

Egun on, laguna! I just wanted to I was fascinated by your userpage - congratulations from the bottom of my heart! Eskerrik asko Bosniatik! FreshBreeze 08:29, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

Eskerrik asko zuri! (Euskal Herritik) :-) PS I like your Weinreich quotation. --A R King 18:29, 10 August 2007 (UTC)
Euskal Herrian zara? Wow! Nik orian Unibersitatean Euskaraz azterketa du, so please do keep your fingers crossed :) And yes, Weinreich was a sweetheart! FreshBreeze 09:21, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
Euskara ikasten Bosnian??!! I'm the one who should say Wow! Good luck! Alan --A R King 09:30, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
By the way, I have just put up a long article on Basque grammar that you may find interesting. But I'm not sure if it's suitable as a Wikipedia article, so I'm considering the possibility of expanding it into a Wikibook instead. Just in case some such drastic decision is made, you might want to be sure to look at it (or download it) while it's still there! (And don't forget the Basque verbs section too.) If I do take the Wikibooks option it will be a long-term job as I will need time to spin it out into a book-length grammar... I'm still wondering what to do: any suggestions or comments welcome! Cheers, Alan --A R King 09:39, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

some idiot tagged WP:ENLANG for deletion; Angr removed it[edit]

HI AR,

...some deletionist who is self-persuaded that he/she is a "wikipedia editor" tagged WP:ENLANG for deletion, then Angr removed the tag... here are two diffs add deletionist tag & then remove tag. Ling.Nut 13:45, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Hi. I'm sorry about that, but glad that it has been corrected. By the way, I noticed that Lenca is mentioned. I would also be happy to collaborate on a Lenca language article. I did a bit of a study on it a couple of years ago, so I should be able to contribute some material. Alan --A R King 18:33, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

(undent) I'll make you a deal: I'll help with Lenca if you'll help with Hawaiian language. Right now I'm studying for prelims, after which I have to write a dissertation proposal, after which I have to pack up and move overseas... Does late September or more likely early October sound good to you? -- Ling.Nut 18:56, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Sounds good! No hurry... --A R King 18:02, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Feel free to remove the tag[edit]

There are sources, so there is no reason to say the article is unsourced anymore. If I notice a new article without sources, I'll always tag it as unsourced, even if the author says that more is coming soon. There's no reason not too. The tag is easily removed when sources are added. --OnoremDil 16:17, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. --A R King 16:35, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

good news[edit]

Hi A.R., hope all is well with you! Just dropped by to share some good news -- Ling.Nut 18:27, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Lenca Grammar?[edit]

I see from your user page you know something about Lenca as a language. Besides the lyle campbell articles, could you suggest references on Lenca? I know about Walter Lehman's work, and about Adolfo Costenla Umaña's dissertation and his idea that its a chibchan language, heavily modified by nahuat and maya, though I haven't yet got a copy of it. Are there other major sources I should know about? Thanks.

BTW, I'm a historian and anthropologist with some linguistic training, though its rusty, and my work is in Honduras. Rsheptak 02:11, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

It sounds like you have about as much information as I do about Lenca. I think everything I have is available somewhere on the Internet, and we have probably covered similar ground. I don't have my Lenca notes handy just now but from memory what you have mentioned just about covers it, I think. I myself have not worked in Honduras, only in El Salvador, but a couple of years ago I and a colleague did a preliminary survey in preparation for what promised to be a (to the extent that present reality permits) Lenca language recovery project (proposed to us by an Indigenous organisation working in the area), but it eventually came to nothing (or so it now seems); once we got past the initial non-commital talking stage and moving towards actually getting to work (which my colleague and I were certainly eager to do), the local partners' interest apparently dried up. In ES this is sometimes referred to (by us at least) as the "llamarada de tusa" phenomenon. So I never actually got my foot in the field there, unfortunately. It sounds like you are better placed though, and it might be interesting to combine our resources if you'd like. How about us working together on a Lenca language article some time in the coming months, for starters? Alan --A R King 16:55, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
Sure, I'll cooperate when you've got time. I still have to read some of these sources (notably the costa rican). Rsheptak 17:53, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
Fine. Have you looked at the ES Lenca material available out there too? It is not clear how closely and in what way ES Lenca was related to the Honduras variety (or varieties, rather), but given the extremely scanty documentation oif Honduran Lenca it would seem useful to refer to it as a closest relative. The big issue, of course, is whether there remain any speakers of Lenca in Honduras. Nobody seems to know! --A R King 10:25, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

I've looked at the ES:Lenca stuff, with the exception of Lehman, which I'll go xerox this week. There are a lot of differences between Salvadoran and Honduran Lenca, and most authors seem to be treating them as two different languages, but they differ on when they separated. Both linguists and anthropologists seem to agree that the language is in fact extinct in Honduras. I spoke with two ethnographers at the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History who were working in the Lenca region this summer, and none had found anyone who knew more than a few hundred words. Both Honduran and Salvadoran Lenca are undergoing cultural revitalization movements (do a search on "Maya-Lenca" "Najochan" on google to see one fascinating result for El Salvador) so there's definitely activity, and a desire to relearn the language.

BTW, I'll be in print in November arguing that the "Toquegua", who lived along the north coast of Honduras, and neighboring Guatemala, were a house society, just like the Maya; that they were multilingual (chol, yucatec, possibly nahaut) but that they named their places in Lenca, and that these place names were also used as apellidos (family names) among the "indios principales" of the towns in the colonial era. Many of the "dialects" the spanish record in fact appear to be house/family names in the Lenca region as well. I argue the Toquegua are a multilingual named house whose "lengua materna" is probably Lenca, and I suspect we'll find something similar for the other "dialects" the spanish told us about for Honduran Lenca. Rsheptak 03:00, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the interesting information. Of course you can only "relearn" a language if there is adequate documentation of it, and in the latter respect Lenca is probably a borderline case. I suspect it will take a considerable amount of linguistic reconstruction, scraping the barrel so to speak of the fragments that have been recorded to build up what one can of a coherent linguistic system. It is in that context of a rather extreme salvage operation, "pepenando" (to use a Salvadoran Spanish term borrowed I believe from the Nawat verb pejpena) what bits and pieces we can find, that I suggest the possibility of considering ES Lenca as a backup source. I realise they are different, of course. Cheers, Alan --A R King 07:12, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Just an update on Lenca "revitalization". The Honduran Minister of Education bought primary school books for instruction in the seven officially recognized indigenous languages, Lenca included. I assume these books came from El Salvador, since I can't imagine where else they might originate. Rsheptak (talk) 00:36, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that sounds strange. But I have learnt not to expect much (other than backstabbing and trickery) from such ministries: certainly not scientific rigour. These people are NOT to be trusted. Alan --A R King (talk) 07:23, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Hello, Could you take a look into the Lenca language of El Salvador. Unfortunately, there are no native speakers but there are some historial articles here and there. BTW, do you have the Lehmann article? Thanks, Jaime070996 01:49, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for your work[edit]

Hi Alan,

I have seen since long ago your contributions in different projects of Wikimedia, and it's about time to say thanks. Your work, specially around the Basque language, is great. I'm not a linguist, I'm more a scientist (on the way of being an engineer, I hope), but I know that your work is top-notch. Eskerrik asko! - Keta 17:30, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Eskeriik asko zuri, Keta, for your kind words. Ongi izan! Alan --A R King 13:29, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

various things 'n stuff[edit]

Hi A R,

Whilst adjusting to my new job, I've been puttering around here and there, adding comments to discussion forums, but never dedicating a block of time to Wikipedia. Now I've decided I'm not helping the discussions any; they can carry on without me as well as before. :-) So I'm gonna putter around here and there on articles and on the List of endangered languages. I can't dedicate any significant block of contiguous time, but I will be chipping away at the stone.. let me know if there's anything i can do... --Ling.Nut 00:41, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

That's fine. I'm also pretty much dormant on Wikipedia at the moment. But Luke in Nawat is coming along like a house on fire! Cheers, --A R King 16:54, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Esaidazu euskaraz![edit]

Egunon! Duela hilabete batzuk zuk hasi zenuen Esaidazu euskaraz! "wikiliburua" ezagutu nuen. Ni euskalduna naiz, ez nuen beraz gehiegi begiratu. Baina aste honetan euskara ikasi nahi duten zenbait lagunekin aurkitu naiz eta ni irakaslea ez naizenez zure "liburua" erabiltzea pentsatu nuen. Ikusi dut proiektua lehengo urtetik geldirik dagoela. Jarraitzeko asmorik baduzu? Mila esker zure lan eta denboragatik! --Unaiaia (talk) 09:56, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Kaixo! Bai, arrazoia duzu. Hasi nuen baina ez dut jarraitu, sentitzen dut. Beste gauza askorekin enroilatu, eta astirik ez. Agian egunen batean... Unaiaia... Unai + Aia? Aiakoa al haiz? Zarautzen bizi nauk ni... Ondo izan --A R King (talk) 19:51, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
Bueno bueno, beste moduren batean ikasi beharko dute euskara. Behintzat lehenengo atalak erabili ditzakete! Ez ez Unaiaia ez dator Aiatik. Nire izena Unai da baina ezizena lagun batek "Una iaia" (gazteleraz amonatxo edo...) dibertigarria zela uste zuen eta horrekin gelditu nintzen interneten! Mila esker berriro eta zu ere ondo izan --Unaiaia (talk) 11:54, 2 February 2008 (UTC)


Nahuatl getting into position for FA-drive[edit]

I have been working intensively on the Nahuatl article for the past few days - I am intent on taking it to FA status within the next few months. In that regard I'd appreciate all and any copyediting, peerreviwing, additions and suggestions to the article from knowledgeable and careful editors such as yourself. Thanks beforehand. ·Maunus· ·ƛ· 15:32, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Okay, my availability is not as high as a year or two ago but I'll do my best to help, when I have time. Please feel welcome to remind me periodically if I don't come through - I may have forgotten (though I'll try not to!). Best wishes, Alan --A R King (talk) 11:49, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

¡Ay, Carimba! [sic][edit]

Gidday Alan, hope you are travelling well!

When you have some time to spare, I was wondering whether you'd be able to help out with some information on, or sources that discuss, musical instruments featuring in Pipil tradition. This is in relation to a recently created article on the carimba (or caramba), a type of musical bow that is mentioned in a few (possibly dated) ethnohistorical sources as being found among the "nahuatl-speaking peoples" of the Salvadoran Pacific coast in particular, as well as a number of other (non-nahua) central american cultures. Over at the talk:Carimba talkpg we are trying to resolve the extent to which said instrument is or was part of broad nahuan musical traditions, and it occurred to me that you might have a pointer or two on the topic. If you have any insights, would be glad to hear of them at the article's talkpg.

Take care, and saludos. --cjllw ʘ TALK 04:11, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Hello, nice to hear from you! Unfortunately that isn't my field at all and I can't help much (even bibliographically). All I can think of saying is what is obvious: that 'the "nahuatl-speaking peoples" of the Salvadoran Pacific coast in particular' certainly has to be pointing towards the pipiles. My impression is that musical culture has not been preserved very well in this area in general, except perhaps for the traditions of playing pipes and drums in local "fiestas" (mostly post-European in form and content, I would guess). We have a recent recording and transcription of an interview of an old man who makes the latter instruments, talking about their construction, how he learnt to make them and so on. No mention of anything like what you mention, as far as I can remember. I also met a marimba-maker in the Pipil area, but my guess is that is a more recent importation from Guatemala, where I understand marimbas are more common. But I insist that I'm not into that field so don't take my word for any of this. Cheers, Alan. PS Sorry to be slow answering, I'm under an avalanche of work at the moment. --A R King (talk) 11:22, 1 March 2008 (UTC)
Hi Alan, no worries - as you can judge by my tardiness in getting back to you I'm a bit preoccupied myself. Appreciate your info and responses, in any case. Cheers.
ps. If you don't mind, with your permission I may copy your above response to the article's talkpg, just so as to have some continuity for any further investigative discussions that may occur there. --cjllw ʘ TALK 07:44, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Sure, no problem. Yeah, I'm sorry but I ended not having time to do much for the article, unfortunately. Snowed under with work and deadlines and things. But I'm sure you'll do fine without me! And good luck, anyway. Cheers, --A R King (talk) 14:48, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Miskito[edit]

Hello! As you are the main writer on articles regarding Miskito language, was wondering if you'd considered providing a summary of the information in Miskito grammar and the typological article in the main language article. I was just a bit surprised that there was so much information on the language, and yet the main article itself contains less than two lines. — Zerida 19:02, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi Zerida. The reason, of course, is that I didn't have anything to do with editing the language article. I think your suggestion is a very good one. The trouble will be finding time. But I'll keep your idea in mind and try to follow it up. If by any chance I fail to do so (say in the next month or so), you might like to try doing it yourself. In addition to my Miskito grammar article there is also the beginnings of a Miskito language course that I started at Wikibooks. The introduction to the course contains some information that could be synthesized, perhaps. Regards, Alan --A R King (talk) 15:23, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

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Feedback requested in an RfC[edit]

Dear A R King, You don't know me, but I noticed your work in some FAs on languages and linguistics and wondered if you might like to weigh in on an RfC that I initiated earlier this week. I fear that the discussion there has degenerated. I'm aware that you might not know anything specific about the language concerned (which I don't either), but the content issue is more general. I've tried to explain this more precisely in my statement (at the expense of using too many words which I hope you don't find too off-putting). Needless to say, if you do decide to say something, I don't expect you to say anything in support of my position, only to provide you best opinion. Request for comment: When does the literary tradition in a language begin? Regards, Fowler&fowler«Talk» 19:18, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Hi. As you suspected, I know nothing substantial about the language in question or its history. I have just spent a short while (perhaps half an hour) scanning through the RfC discussion. That is enough for me to conclude that I have nothing to say that is worth saying on the matter given my complete ignorance of the issues and the presence, in the debate, of others whose opinions and competence I respect. For those reasons (and the fact that I am also very busy, but I don't want that to sound like a cliché'd excuse), I would like to politely decline to enter the fray. Sorry! Alan --A R King (talk) 10:24, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
No problem at all. Thanks for taking the time to both read the RfC (apologies for its longwindedness) and explain yourself so considerately here! Regards, Fowler&fowler«Talk» 20:57, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

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moved many lists into main space; could use a hand[edit]

Hi AR,

Long time no chat. I've moved a total of seven "list of endangered languages in x" lists into main space. They are linked at the newly stripped-down List of endangered languages. However, List of endangered languages in North America still needs a lot of help. There is a lot of (unverified) info at User:Ling.Nut/EthnicList. I also temporarily skipped over the Zapotec, Zoque and Otomi languages as they are larger and need careful attention. Any help you could offer would be deeply appreciated. Thanks Ling.Nut (WP:3IAR) 10:40, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

I've sent my dissertation to my university, so will have somewhat more free time. let me know if you have anything you'd like to work on; I'll try to help. later! Ling.Nut (WP:3IAR) 11:26, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

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Miskito[edit]

Thanks for all your work on linguistics articles here. I saw that article was very short but that the Wikibook was very good and I brought some of your text from the Wikibook here before I realized you edited here as well and have contributed to the Miskito related articles. You can certainly do a better job than I of improving the article, but I thought I'd give it a start. - Taxman Talk 04:48, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

You're welcome to go ahead, Taxman. At present I can't spare any time to editing Miskito articles, so please feel free. If you want me to offer an opinion on anything (not too big please), write back to me. Good luck! Alan --A R King (talk) 11:04, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

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The Latin-American Wikipedia Meeting[edit]

"Latin-American Wikipedians,unite us!"
Latin America:one world,one dream!!

Hi wikipedian!Today I'm going to talk you about a new proposal that can to advantage you and many other users of Latin America.

You,that is from Latin America (or write about it),already shall to have observed the importance of the Wikimedia Frojects in the region.Only Wikipedia represent 40% of the internet access[1].With every this importance,why don't we make a big meeting?

Of this idea,was borned the proposal for a Latin-American Wikipedian Meeting.Various Wikipedists has Latin-American users and this is a proposal of a culture and ideas interchange,that can be help all projects.Above this,comtemplate to help in the formation of new WMF chapters in Latin America.

The main page and the talk page is originally in English,with translations in Dutch,French,Portuguese and Spanish(NOT YET).

Tosão (talk) 19:22, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Corresponding about Nahautl linguistics, and any other linguistics[edit]

Hi, I just addressed this at Talk:Nahuatl dialects in response to your entreaty for more information from the literature. Would you like to start receiving messages about Mesoamerican linguistics at alanrking@yahoo.com? Dale Chock (talk) 04:35, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Hi Dale. I take your point(s) that you make on the Talk:Nahuatl dialects page. You're right of course, but I haven't succeeded so far in finding those particular "answers" on other internet channels (either because they're not there or I haven't discovered the channels). I was just letting you know, parenthetically, that I would just love to have such information (sorry for abusing Wikipedia for that). And I appreciate the bit about hogwash too, and probably read correctly between your lines.

The answer to your question (above) is yes, I think. Not sure what messages you mean, but they're probably welcome. I'm subscribed to Nahuat-L and Aztlan, though very rarely indeed are the discussions there pertinent to my own interests. Cheers, --A R King (talk) 19:25, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Miskito[edit]

Hello! I am trying to learn some Miskito and I have a question concerning your book at Wikibooks. At one point you give the example Tuktan nani sut pulisa with the translation All the children are playing. My question is: Shouldn't the correct translation be All children are playing, without the "the"? Or can you skip the "ba" in some sentences? Otherwise I would like translate it to Tuktan nani ba sut pulisa. Could you help me? /Natox (talk) 12:18, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Sorry Natox, I've been disconnected of late and missed your question. I have not been active with Miskito of late either but you may well be right so if you think so, please do go ahead and make the change. Cheers, Alan --A R King (talk) 20:52, 21 April 2009 (UTC)

Hi, would you be so kind as to give us support![edit]

Hello/Kaixo, I hope you're doing fine and I sincerely apologize for this intrusion. My name is Claudi Balaguer (User Capsot from the Catalan Wikipedia and the Occitan Wikiccionari), I've just read your profile and have seen that you show a keen interest in diverse cultures and languages, so you understand very well what are a minorized language and culture and maybe I am not bothering you and you will help us... I'm a member of a Catalan association "Amical de la Viquipèdia" which is trying to get some recognition as a Catalan Chapter but this hasn't been approved up to that moment. We would appreciate your support, visible if you stick this on your first page: Wikimedia CAT. Supporting us will be like giving equal opportunity to minorized languages and cultures in the future! Thanks again/Eskerrik asko, I wish you a nice, pleasant and warm summer, take care! Agur Capsot (talk) 15:05, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Fet! :) --A R King (talk) 15:39, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
Moltíssimes gràcies, you might wish to support an initiative of Marrovi (Spanish, Catalan and Nahuatl Wikipedias) who is trying to create a Mayan Wikipedia, if so you can have a look at my discussion page in the Catalan Wikipedia where are the links. Bon diumenge, que vaja tot bé, fins aviat, cordialment Capsot (talk) 15:44, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
Ets valencià! :) Molt bé, miraré això, gràcies. --A R King (talk) 14:33, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
Bon dia, perdona'm no havia vist el missatge... Bé, és una miqueta complicat, els meus pares són valencians però jo vaig nàixer a Lunèl (Occitània, entre Nimes i Montpeller) i ara sóc professor a la Catalunya del Nord... Que et vaja tot molt bé i si necessites qualsevol cosa sobre occità o català o qualsevol altra cosa no dubtes en contactar-me. Fins prompte/aviat, records, agur! Capsot (talk) 09:15, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Moltes gràcies! --A R King (talk) 06:32, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Pipil Wiki?[edit]

I relocated your message on my talkpage to this page: Incubator:Community Portal. The subject isn't one I can handle but give it over to others on the project. Replies here: on this page Greetings - Romaine (talk) 22:59, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Thank you Romaine. Sorry I bothered the wrong person! --A R King (talk) 07:53, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
That is no problem, everyone may ask things and I know the right people to ask for their attention. So noproblem at all. Romaine (talk) 17:12, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
Well, thanks again. Still not sure if I will get the answers I need, but I'm trying. --A R King (talk) 20:38, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alan, Estoy muy contento por saber que te gustan las lenguas indígenas, Por supuesto que sigue en pie el proyecto del Nawat pipil, es muy diferente porque el número de hablantes nativos cada vez se reduce y eso limita tener un hablante nativa como lo exigen las políticas de wikipedia. Yo estoy dispuesto a integrarme al proyecto de nawat pipil, yo también un usuario activo en la wikipedia náhuatl y conozco el idioma mexicano en donde podemos tomar referencias de inicio.

Tienes toda la libertad de proponer y mejorar la página inicial y también en escribir en pipil [1], también te invito a participar en el wikiproyevto del maya yucateco [2] y de que nos apoyes en la printa apertura de wikimaya [3], o bien; aquí: es:Wikiproyecto:Lenguas indígenas de América. Te envío un abrazo!!! nah:Tlatequitiltilīlli:Marrovi. Im sorry by don't write in English, Nice to meet you.--Marrovi (talk) 17:47, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Hola Marrovi. ¡Qué bien que contestaste! Hemos estado preocupados porque ni tú ni Fluence habían respondido desde que hice mis preguntas. Para ver lo que ha transcurrido en los últimos días en torno a esto te sugiero que leas lo que se ha escrito en el Community Portal, si no lo has visto ya. Espero que después de ver lo que se ha planteado estés de acuerdo y podamos trabajar juntos para poner en marcha este proyecto. Creo que será posible lograr de alguna manera que haya participación de hablantes nativos en este proyecto aunque se tenga que hacer, al menos en parte, de una forma gradual y mediada. Todavía quedan hablantes, aunque pocos como dices, pero en general son personas mayores con poca a nula alfabetización, poquísimos recursos económicos, y prácticamente sin acceso a medios electrónicos. Pero como resultado de la labor conjunta de personas interesadas en la recuperación del náhuat durante los últimos años, estoy, y asociados míos están, en contacto con hablantes nativos, con quienes hemos aprendido su idioma, conversado, colaborado y compartido diversos proyectos relacionados con la lengua. Es decir, existe una red de contactos, de información y de colaboración que abarca tanto a hablantes nativos como a personas que pueden colaborar en el proyecto del wiki. Obviamente podemos y queremos avanzar en el futuro hacia una situación donde más hablantes tengan un acceso más inmediato y opciones para aportar al wikipedia en Nawat y aprovecharla más directamente, pero creo que estamos en condiciones de emprender los primeros pasos, si conseguimos que se involucre un número suficiente de personas inicialmente para ponerlo en marcha. Nadie niega que trabajar en torno a una lengua en las condiciones en las que se encuentra el Nawat plantea un reto especial y exige estrategias adaptadas a las circunstancias, pero eso es cierto de todo lo que hacemos en una lengua así (no sólo para crear un wiki), y ya tenemos asumidos este hecho y ya estamos afrontando tales retos. No es razón para tirar la toalla sino para proceder con prudencia y tratar de ser efectivos y hacer bien las cosas, que es lo que a mí me preocupa. Si te interesa el Náhuat (Pipil) y deseas trabajar sobre él, te animo vivamente a que mires nuestro trabajo en Facebook del que te hablé antes. Creo que es importante desarrollar un wiki (si es que lo hacemos) de una manera apropiada a su fase de desarrollo y recuperación y en consonancia con el mundo y las coordenadas en las que los pipiles y su cultura existen. No solamente debemos pensar en el hecho de parentesco lingüístico entre el pipil y el náhuatl (aunque lo reconocemos) sino en otros factores también. Por eso optaría por un inicio desde cero y no una "traducción" de un wiki preexistente en otro idioma, aunque sea un idioma hermano. Es un gusto saludarte y seguiremos en contacto. --A R King (talk) 23:24, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

Nahuizalco, El Salvador[edit]

Congratulations on your work, not sure if you know, but it surprised me to find a town in El Salvador, where lots of people speaks Nahuatl, or the closest to pipil, I would think.

Raúl Gutiérrez (talk) 18:26, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Historically yes, but today it is quite hard to find anyone who can still speak it (despite "myths" to the contrary). There are now more speakers in towns to the south and west (Cuisnahuat, Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Tacuba...). I have no doubt this is because the persecution and genocidal murder of (Nawat-speaking) Pipils was strongest or most effective in the Izalco-Nahuizalco area, which was the traditional stronghold and "capital" of Pipil society until the beginning of the 20th century; in the places I mention more speakers have survived longer because these were remote, peripheral areas (from a "Salvadorean" viewpoint). --A R King (talk) 15:41, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Invitation to join WikiProject United States[edit]

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Wikimedia Stories Project[edit]

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Love history & culture? Get involved in WikiProject World Digital Library![edit]

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Pipil grammar; 'Hijacking' and Ratings[edit]

Hi A R King, I've added some comments to Talk:Pipil grammar#C quality.3F (2x) and to Wikipedia:Village pump (miscellaneous)#Wikipedia work hijacked.3F (1x). --82.170.113.123 (talk) 15:24, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

One way to solve the references issue would be to do something like Fermat's Last Theorem#References, where, for example, "Stark, pp. 151–155." is used as a reference; a work mentioned in the Fermat's Last Theorem#Bibliography section. --82.170.113.123 (talk) 15:54, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. --A R King (talk) 21:38, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

es:Wikiproyecto:Wikimedia en langues régionales de España[edit]

I invite to participate. And create table for wikipedia of Hispanoamérica.--Kaiyr (talk) 12:13, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Language-population update project[edit]

Hi. The 18th edition of Ethnologue just came out, and if we divide up our language articles among us, it won't take long to update them. I would appreciate it if you could help out, even if it's just a few articles (5,000 articles is a lot for just me), but I won't be insulted if you delete this request.

A largely complete list of articles to be updated is at Category:Language articles citing Ethnologue 17. The priority articles are in Category:Language articles with old Ethnologue 17 speaker data. These are the 10% that have population figures at least 25 years old.

Probably 90% of the time, Ethnologue has not changed their figures between the 17th and 18th editions, so all we need to do is change "e17" to "e18" in the reference (ref) field of the language info box. That will change the citation for the artcle to the current edition. Please put the data in the proper fields, or the info box will flag it as needing editorial review. The other relevant fields are "speakers" (the number of native speakers in all countries), "date" (the date of the reference or census that Ethnologue uses, not the date of Ethnologue!), and sometimes "speakers2". Our convention has been to enter e.g. "1990 census" when a census is used, as other data can be much older than the publication date. Sometimes a citation elsewhere in the article depends on the e17 entry, in which case you will need to change "name=e17" to "name=e18" in the reference tag (assuming the 18th edition still supports the cited claim).

Remember, we want the *total* number of native speakers, which is often not the first figure given by Ethnologue. Sometimes the data is too incompatible to add together (e.g. a figure from the 1950s for one country, and a figure from 2006 for another), in which case it should be presented that way. That's one use for the "speakers2" field. If you're not sure, just ask, or skip that article.

Data should not be displayed with more than two, or at most three, significant figures. Sometimes it should be rounded off to just one significant figure, e.g. when some of the component data used by Ethnologue has been approximated with one figure (200,000, 3 million, etc.) and the other data has greater precision. For example, a figure of 200,000 for one country and 4,230 for another is really just 200,000 in total, as the 4,230 is within the margin of rounding off in the 200,000. If you want to retain the spurious precision of the number in Ethnologue, you might want to use the {{sigfig}} template. (First parameter in this template is for the data, second is for the number of figures to round it off to.)

Dates will often need to be a range of all the country data in the Ethnologue article. When entering the date range, I often ignore dates from countries that have only a few percent of the population, as often 10% or so of the population isn't even separately listed by Ethnologue and so is undated anyway.

If Ethnologue does not provide a date for the bulk of the population, just enter "no date" in the date field. But if the population figure is undated, and hasn't changed between the 17th & 18th editions of Ethnologue, please leave the ref field set to "e17", and maybe add a comment to keep it so that other editors don't change it. In cases like this, the edition of Ethnologue that the data first appeared in may be our only indication of how old it is. We still cite the 14th edition in a couple dozen articles, so our readers can see that the data is getting old.

The articles in the categories linked above are over 90% of the job. There are probably also articles that do not currently cite Ethnologue, but which we might want to update with the 18th edition. I'll need to generate another category to capture those, probably after most of the Ethnologue 17 citations are taken care of.

Jump in at the WP:LANG talk page if you have any comments or concerns. Thanks for any help you can give!

kwami (talk) 02:39, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Logistic regression[edit]

Hi there. I am new to Wikipedia editing but not new to statistics. I've started work on the logistic regression page that you commented on some years ago. Let me know if you like what I am doing. PeterLFlomPhD (talk) 00:32, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

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Latin American 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

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New Challenge for Oceania and Australia[edit]

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