User talk:Aborig

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Indigenous Australian languages[edit]

Hi, you added a quote from an article in The Australian newspaper (by Ghilad Zuckermann) but changed 'Aboriginal communities' to 'lingusts', which I think makes for a big change in meaning. I also think the whole quote doesn't make much sense when removed from the context of the original article. Can I suggest you remove what you've added and either start a new section on Australian Indigenous language maintenance or perhaps make a new article on the topic, and use the ideas from that article (without just copying it). cheers, Dougg (talk) 06:30, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your help, Dougg. Please check if you like my revised contribution and tell me if we can start a new section on Australian Indigenous language maintenance based on the article that I found in the Australian Higher Education. How much can we quote from it? I am new here. Aborig (talk) 10:19, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

A request for undeletion[edit]

The academic called "Ghil'ad Zuckermann" is a full Professor of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. He is an authority on language revitalization and language contact and meets the requirements of notability. According to the Deletion Log an article about this academic was deleted more than two years ago for notability reasons. These reasons are by now irrelevant. For example, this academic was only an Associate Professor at the time of the deletion. In other words, significant new information has come to light since the deletion more than two years ago. Thanks for your time. Aborig (talk) 18:55, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Do you have any reliable sources which verify this? Stifle (talk) 20:33, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
I've found some official sites with the above information. For example, University of Adelaide:, according to which this academic is "Prof of Linguistics and Endangered Languages"; UWC:, which indicates that the academic "is currently Professor of Linguistics of Endangered Languages and holder of a prestigious ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery Fellowship at the University of Adelaide, Australia."; Tel Aviv University International conference:; Yale "IISA" International Academic Board of Advisors:; Journal of Language Contact Editorial Board: Aborig (talk) 06:25, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Second attempt[edit]

Dear Stifle. Please let me know what you think about the "request for undeletion" that I posted above several weeks ago. If you are not the right administrator to ask, please refer me to the correct address. Thanks for your time. Aborig (talk) 06:12, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Sorry, I hadn't seen the message. Please write a userspace draft of the article you would like to appear and then file a listing at Wikipedia:Deletion review requesting it be restored as an article. Stifle (talk) 09:40, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Thank you, Stifle. Here's a draft: Please let me know what you think of it. Sorry I don't know how to file it properly (deletion review? request for undeletion?) Would it be too much to ask you to file it for me? I would be happy to improve it in case you feel there's some info missing. Thanks for your time. Aborig (talk) 15:49, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
      • Most of the references are to the University of Adelaide. Normally third-party sources, independent of the subject, are desired. I would suggest you add those before I file it, but if you want me to file it now, I will. Stifle (talk) 09:37, 2 February 2011 (UTC)
        • Thank you, Stifle. I've searched the Net and added sources as instructed. Please tell me if you would like me to improve it further.Aborig (talk) 11:58, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
          • It seems OK to me. I can't guarantee it'll be approved at deletion review, but it's probably good to list. Stifle (talk) 14:03, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
            • No worries. Please tell me when you file it and what the response is. Aborig (talk) 07:15, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Aborig, thank you for writing Ghil'ad Zuckermann. The article is mainly sourced to primary sources. Would you add some third-party reliable sources to the article? If you can find at least two newspaper or journal articles that provide significant coverage about Zuckermann, notability will be established and the article will be safe from deletion. This will ensure that the article passes WP:SECONDARY, in that it will not be based entirely on primary sources. If you have any sourcing questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page. Cunard (talk) 10:07, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

  • Thank you, Cunard. As requested, I've added third-party reliable sources such as Katz, Fishman, Reuters and Trouw. Please tell me if you would like me to improve it further. Aborig (talk) 12:05, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Thank you for the work you have done on the article. The added reliable sources demonstrate that Zuckermann is passes Wikipedia's notability guidelines. One improvement that could be made to the article is making sure that it does not overlink common terms. I have removed several instances of overlinking, but there are a few more that can be removed. By the way, I loved this, the longest palindrome in Hebrew. Zuckermann is amazing. I am grateful that you have crafted this article on a very intriguing person. Cunard (talk) 11:16, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
    • Thank you, Cunard. Apologies for the overlinking. I've removed many instances of overlinking, responding to your insightful recommendation and continuing your helpful improvements. Aborig (talk) 12:38, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

MAK Halliday[edit]

Hi Aborig, I noticed you added some refs to the article on Michael Halliday in January. Do you have an interest—either professional or (like me) amateur—in systemic functional linguistics/grammar? I wonder what your take is on the push to merge Nominal group (language) into the article on Noun phrase, which is cast according to a formal grammar—very different in my view. I'm concerned that as the SFL category expands into areas such as "verb phrase" and "verb group" there will be much more serious problems in putting very different grammatical frameworks into single articles. Put simply, it might be much easier for readers and editors to retain their separate treatment. What do you think? Tony (talk) 16:08, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

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