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Thank you so much! I'm getting along fine! Actually, I'm a litter more engaged on the German wikipedia. J. 'mach' wust 09:23, 26 May 2004 (UTC)

"German" pages[edit]

Hi! It would be great if you gave the "German" pages a look. German language, German spelling reform of 1996, ß, etc. I have started poking around a bit, but (1) some more drastic changes would be nice, and (2) things are more fun if more people are editing the same page.Thore 13:01, 7 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I'm sorry I've overlooked this message since I barely ever look at my user page but only at this user:talk page when a message pops up that there's been left a message.
I don't see a need for drastic changes. J. 'mach' wust 19:43, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)


Excuse me, you completely re-wrote the article on the Walser (or Walscher) people and dialect, but what you apparently don't know is that the term Walser (or Walscher) is reserved for the people who left the upper Valais (or Wallis) canton in the Middle Ages (except for Simplon which is part of the same canton but is on the other side of the Alpine watershed), as opposed to those who stayed, who are called Walliser. Ask any Walliser and they will tell you as much. (I just checked the other day with someone who lived all her life in Leukerbad and Brig.) The two groups are considered distinct. So, now you've hijacked the article on the Walser and changed it into an article on the Walliser (including the Walser, but without making any distinction between the two groups). I strongly recommend that you undo all your changes and start a new article on the Walliser (with all the valuable information you've added) and restore the article on the Walser to what it was before you so radically altered it. Thank you very much. Pasquale 17:49, 10 Mar 2005 (UTC)

OK, I read your message and saw your changes. I understand what you're saying about the Walser diaspora speaking a rather diverse group of dialects rather than a language. And I've studied enough dialectology (including German dialectology) to know what you're talking about. While in a strict dialectological sense, you are most probably quite correct, the fact remains that a lot of sources, including the Ethnologue (a link is available on the Walser page), consistently classify Walser as a separate "language" from Alemannic, possibly simply to underscore the distinctive Walser ethnic identity. This identity is very strong and it specifically identifies the diaspora, all the way from Haute-Savoie to Tyrol, but not the Walliser who stayed in Wallis. This is a very common phenomenon all around the world (e.g. the Cajuns of Louisiana vs. the Acadians who stayed behind in New Brunswick), so it's no surprise that it should be so. Historical and political considerations often trump a strictly dialectological classification and it makes sense that it should be so. Otherwise, if you were to apply a strictly dialectological approach, you would have to say that there is no Dutch language, but that Dutch is simply part of the Low German dialect continuum. While that is technically correct, it would not be very "politically correct" and it would get you into a lot of trouble. Regards, Pasquale 17:00, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Grüetzi. Believe me, it's not just me affirming that the Walser have a strong sense of ethnic identity. It is themselves! And they make a big deal out of it. Just do a Google search for Walser and you will find several websites about the Walser diaspora. Try this one, for example: I understand what you say about the dialects slowly dissolving into their neighboring German dialects. Of course, when they do so, they are no longer Walser dialects. In Graubünden, for example, you can find the complete range from rather well-preserved Walser dialects to others that are Walser in name only (i.e. in the ethnic origin of the population), but are otherwise assimilated to the adjacent Nicht-Walserisch Bündnerisch dialects. So, my impression is that it is more of an ethnic than a linguistic thing. As for the Ethnologue, did you notice it also sets up an Alemannic dialect spoken in Venezuela ("Colonia Tovar") as a separate language? Now, isn't that all the more ridiculous? But when it comes to the Walser, I assure you I have seen it classified (rightly or wrongly) as a separate language in many other linguistic sources, although I am sorry I can't give you references right now. Anyway, I am not disagreeing with you, I am just reporting what seems to be some kind of consensus out there, which, as I repeat, may well be more ethnically than linguistically based. So, let's leave it at that. Pasquale 20:54, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Swedish disputes[edit]

At RfC I listed:

I guess this is a field where you can weight in as a moderating force.

--Johan Magnus 09:59, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Phonetics project[edit]

I'm trying to get some activity in the Phonetics project going. I've organized the project page and added some links and templates. Anyone who feels they're interested in phonetics, come and have a look. The more the merrier. Peter Isotalo 15:09, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC)

Moves of language variety names to "(variety name) (parent language name)"[edit]

I'm moving articles on linguistic varieties to a name according to the de-facto standard of naming varieties as common among English varieties (see List of dialects of the English language), for instance Silesian dialect to Silesian German, Swabian language to Swabian German or Low Alemannic to Low Alemannic German. Here are the main reasons (since I cannot find again the reasons I explain on the move page):

  • Avoiding the quarrel of language vs. dialect.
  • Uniformity of naming conventions.
  • Avoiding the quarrel of single variety vs. (sub)group of varieties.

-- j. 'mach' wust | 11:19, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

I disagree with this campaign.
  • First, remember that a language is a dialect with an army and a navy.
  • Second, it does NOT solve the language versus dialect quarrel, but promotes it by suggesting that dialects are "varieties" of a standard language and grouping them with it.
  • Third, as the list of dialects of the English language shows, there is no de-facto standard for English. Please also have a look at Category:Languages of Italy.
  • Fourth, failing commonly used English names for the dialects, the name in the original language should have some meaning here. The policy you are enacting here to add "German" to all of the page does does not conform to the names commonly used for the dialects in German, where the ending "-deutsch" is absolutely the exception (Schweizerdeutsch and Plattdeutsch are the only exceptions to the rule coming to mind). Martg76 18:32, 25 September 2005 (UTC)
I apologize for the straightforward proceding. I confess I also wanted at last a discussion. Anyway, Wikipedia:Be bold!
  1. I believe it is possible in linguistics to make a fair distinction between languages and dialects based on the Ausbausprache-Abstandsprache distinctions. I don't believe the linguistic majority opinion will match people's feelings, but I consider wikipedia should take the linguists side. I don't question there'll always be some linguists that don't share the linguistic majority opinion, yet these are few (I've for instance never seen a linguist defend the POV that Swiss German is a language of its own).
  2. I'm conscient of that. However, I hope that the XXX (parent language) naming scheme will be mor acceptable for either point of view than the schemes XXX dialect or XXX language.
  3. There are, however, very few exceptions: If you follow the links on the list of dialects of the English language, you'll see that most links with naming schemes other than XXX English don't lead to varieties of English, but to places or social groups.
  4. This might be a bias of where I live, since the vast majority of Swiss German dialects are named XXXdeutsch (Züridütsch, Bärndütsch, Baseldütsch, Luzärndütsch, Solothurner Dütsch, Senslerdütsch, ...). Additionally, I think the parent language name is helpful in an international context. Even a person who knows about Silesia, for instance, may be unable to guess what language a Silesian dialect belongs to.
-- j. 'mach' wust | 19:00, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

I am not a linguist (just interested in languages and dialects), so I suppose you are much more competent on these issues. My impression was that linguists didn't distinguish between languages and dialects, meaning that a standard language was more or less just a particularly prestigious dialect. In any case, wouldn't it more in line with Wikipedia policy to use the most common names (in English, if possible) for the dialects? Martg76 21:52, 26 September 2005 (UTC)

I'm not sure about it. There's the case of Alemannisch, for instance. I dislike Alemannic languages, since there is not a single Alemannic Ausbausprache. Still, others may dislike Alemannic dialects. I fear the short name Alemannic will be expanded sooner or later to Alemannic language by someone who imposes the current naming convention for languages.
In the case of Fränkisch, it's even more complicated, since there acutally are some Ausbausprachen: Dutch, Afrikaans, Luxembourgish. However, many Fränkisch dialects are associated with the German standard language rather than with one of these Franconian languages. So Franconian languages might be chosen, but making sure it includes seperate languages as well as German dialects.
Even more complicated is the case of Moselfränkisch. This includes not only German dialects, but also the Ausbausprache Luxembourgish language. So the plural languages seems unfitting, as there's only one language in the group, but for the same reason, dialects is unfitting as well, and Moselle Franconian German might offend the Luxembourgish. Simply Moselle Franconian in this case? -- j. 'mach' wust | 12:50, 27 September 2005 (UTC)
I think these examples illustrate that the assignment of dialects to standard languages is arbitrary and mainly a matter of politics. In view of that, wouldn't it be better to just name the pages "Allemanic", "Moselle Franconian" etc.? Just watch the pages and make sure noone moves them. Martg76 22:37, 27 September 2005 (UTC)
That might be better, though I think these words might also be used in reference to other things than the linguistic varieties, so it would be difficult not to have them moved. -- j. 'mach' wust | 02:31, 28 September 2005 (UTC)

A, I see that there already has been some more discussion. I have responded to your proposal over at Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (languages). Cheers, — mark 07:55, 7 October 2005 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

Hello J. 'mach' wust,
I added my "support" vote to the move to Low Germanic languages. It was late in the evening when I voted and I had already made up my mind from the entry at WP:RM, so I didn't take much notice. Anyway, no harm done. Izehar 12:08, 6 November 2005 (UTC)

Tengwar transcriber page[edit]

Hello J. 'mach' wust,
You removed the link to an interactive Tengwar transcriber I wrote from the Tengwar page with the motivation that it provides faulty transcriptions. I do not know what errors you are referring to, it would be more helpful if you would actually provide some detailed feedback, instead of simply dropping the link with only a cryptic message like that. I included my own email address on the transcriber page for that very reason. I'm not a Tengwar expert, as evidenced by my misunderstanding the difference between Tengwar and Quenya, but my transcriber is based on information from this page, which does seem to be written by someone more knowledgeable than me.


I have done a draft translation of the German article de:Antiqua-Fraktur-Streit and created Antiqua-Fraktur-dispute (not too happy about the name). Since you were the one requesting it in the first place, do you mind giving me some feedack on this, of which I truly am no expert and in need of help.


ACH 20:07, 15 December 2005 (UTC)


Would you be willing to record a sound sample of "Äuä" for the Äuä article? Preferably in the OGG Format --Godtvisken 21:52, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

I hope nobody will note my non-Bernese accent. Note however that I've chosen my preferred spelling: Media:Äuwä.ogg. ― j. 'mach' wust | 09:19, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. It seems you have greatly revised the article itself as well. --Godtvisken 17:18, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
Still not really sure whether this should have its own article. Well, there's that famous show by Massimo Rocchi... and methinks it's very improbable that there would be any Bernese German wiktionary entries... ― j. 'mach' wust | 18:45, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Low Germanic languages[edit]

Hi. I noticed that apparently favors the title Low German languages instead of Low Germanic languages, as he pointed out at the very bottom of the talk page. Then, he preceded to create a new page at Low German languages [1] and make Low Germanic languages redirect to that page. [2]. I reverted his edits, but I'm not sure if that was the correct thing to do. What do you think? --Khoikhoi 23:17, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

I think you've done allright to revert since the move to Low Germanic languages was based on a move request (though it didn't call much interest). ― j. 'mach' wust | 13:49, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

German-speaking Wikipedians' board[edit]

Hallo! I'd like to make you aware of the recently-created Wikipedia:German-speaking Wikipedians' notice board. Please feel free to help with the project if you're interested! Olessi 04:09, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Or just update our to-do list of Swiss topics -- the board is a bit too Germany-centric right now, and more Swiss posters would be a great help. Kusma (討論) 13:28, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Bernese German[edit]

Gruess dich, Auf deiner Benutzerseite schreibst du dass du Bernese German sprichst, which has the rare feature among Germanic languages that consonant and vowel length are independent from each other. (Denglisch bitte verzeihen). Wo kann ich weiteres zu diesem Thema finden? Beispiele waeren hilfreich, um den Kontrast schoen verstaendlich zu machen. Vielen dank! Adam Mathias 05:58, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

Hi Adam Mathias
There's a sample at Bernese German phonology#Consonant length. Be warned, however, that this is rather a poor article, because it has had only one contributor so far (me). I've added the same samples to Swiss German#Suprasegmentals. If you're looking for linguistic research of segmental quantity in Bernese German, I'm afraid none has been published, but there are two works on closely related High Alemannic German dialects which have identical segmental quantity oppositions:
  • Astrid Kraehenmann [sic] (2003): Quantity and Prosodic Asymmetries in Alemannic. Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-017680-7
  • Urs Willi (1996): Die segmentale Dauer als phonetischer Parameter von ‚Fortis‘ und ‚Lenis‘ bei Plosiven im Zürichdeutschen. Eine akustische und perzeptorische Untersuchung. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner. ISBN 3-515-06913-5
I hope that helps. ― j. 'mach' wust | 18:05, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

Hello Mach,

I once spent a year in school in Solothurn and was "immersed" in that dialect. Are you aware of any features that distinguish Solothurner from Bernese? Also is there any good reference on Bernese other than Marti, which seems very hard to find at a reasonable price. Thanks! Tom Gewecke —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:17, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

I have a history of not being very good at recognizing Solothurn dialect... I know of two features that are different: The Solothurn dialect shows some influence of the de:Binnendeutsche Konsonantenschwächung, that is, fortis at word onset are lenized (lenitized?). And /aː/ is rounded to /ɔː/ (or /oː/?). But then, these two features occur also in Northern Bernese German, that is to say, in the Oberaargau (a region of the Canton of Bern, not the Aargau). That region is adjacent to the Canton of Solothurn, but I guess that people living there would recognize some features that might distinguish betwenn Oberaargau and Solothurn dialects.
But that said, I believe that there is quite some deal of dialectal differenciation within the Canton of Solothurn, corresponding to its geographic differnciation, if you will.
I don't know of other Bernese German grammars. Well, there is a kind of Gotthelf grammar, but that is really based on Gotthelf's literature, not on actual Bernese German, and it is in a very 19th-centuryish tradition not at its height, and must be definitly much harder to get than Marti. -- machᵗᵃˡᵏ 06:49, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks much, Mach! It turns out someone has actually done an article on Solothurner in the de wikipedia, which I found by accident searching around. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:56, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

I hadn’t seen that article before. However, it seems not to be very informative beyond what I’ve just said. It doesn’t even point out that the features of de:Solothurner Dialekt#Region Solothurn are found as well in the neighbouring Bernese Oberaargau. -- machᵗᵃˡᵏ 07:50, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Talk:Manx language[edit]

Es ist wahrscheinlich besser, wenn wir diesen Troll nicht mehr füttern. Angr (talkcontribs) 21:24, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

Paul Martin's page[edit]


LOL!!!! I am getting tired, I think.  :) All fixed now, but thanks so much for catching that -- it could have been a big headache later! Best wishes, Xoloz 18:12, 13 June 2006 (UTC)


Minor Barnstar.png The Minor Barnstar
The changing of "Low Germanic" to "Low Saxon-Low Franconian", requires hundreds tiny edits to articles that need to be equiped with the new terminology.For your great work so far I award you, J. 'mach' wust the Barnstar of minor edits. Rex 13:24, 1 July 2006 (UTC)
Wow, thanks a lot. Well, it was me in the first place who promoted the names Low Germanic and High Germanic, so I'm feeling responsible to clean up that naming. I hope the current solution with High German languages and Low Saxon/Low Franconian (and Low Saxon-Low Franconian languages) may last longer... ― j. 'mach' wust | 18:09, 1 July 2006 (UTC)


I would gladly award you a Dawnstar as well, if I knew how, since you are about to enlighten me on:

Dageraed oft Nieuwe opkomst der geneeskonst in verborgen grondt-regelen der natuere (1659)

This is the title of Van Helmont's treatise on medicine written for a general public in the 17th century. We both made a link to it's linguistic roots (Henry de Boulainviller): me absolutely clueless, you with enviable expertise. I now send you this reference to allow you to be absolutely correct. I am from flemish origin and my interest in the history of the language is genuine if -untill your appearance- unguided. Middle Saxon it is ?

With friendly greetings, (Lunarian 10:47, 4 July 2006 (UTC))

Having a closer look at Henry de Boulainviller, it seems more likely to be Middle Dutch, I suppose, but I can't reassure you about that. It was a more or less mechanical change by me, without much thought. ― j. 'mach' wust | 17:02, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

Dawnstar awarded ! Well deserved ! Thank you. (Lunarian 10:45, 5 July 2006 (UTC))

Low Germanic[edit]

The edit you made on the History of the Netherlands doesn't link to an article. Also, Low Germanic could be considered as a language in the Middle Ages and even nowadays. Being Dutch, i understand all the sentences portrayed in it. I have to admit that in my view, Afrikaans could be considered as a dialect of Dutch or Low Germanic.--Daanschr 18:30, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

I'm sorry, that was my mistake. Since the article name was changed, I changed the links as well, but in this case, I made a mistake. I hesitated whether I should replace it by Low Saxon in this article, since it seems to the varieties spoken in areas that were formerly Frisian-speaking are considered Low Saxon, not Low Franconian (Dutch), but I'm not very sure about that. ― j. 'mach' wust | 22:09, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

I think that Franconian is a wrong term to describe the Dutch language since a large part of contemporary Germany is Franconian as well: Northen Bavaria, Hesse, parts of Rhineland-Palatinate and parts of North-Rhineland-Westphalia.--Daanschr 22:27, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, i just discovered that the term low germanic has been changed into Low Saxon-Low Germanic Languages, so we are talking about the same topic.--Daanschr 22:28, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

Graian and Pennine Alps[edit]

Hi, since you're interested in the Alps, we're having a discussion at Talk:Pennine Alps about the limits of the Graian and Pennine Alps. For instance, is Mont Blanc part of the Graian Alps? Do you know something about that? Markussep 11:58, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

I'm sorry I can't help you. I don't have much knowledge of the mountain chaines names outside of the canton of Berne. ― j. 'mach' wust | 16:16, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Just noticed your edit[edit]

Hi, was too busy licking my battle scars from the latest (very tedious, idiotic and unpleasant) edit war and somehow missed your message. Here is a source from the Oxford companion to English literature (OR?) which supports the "Low German" theory. I have not found a single academic source thats uses this weird "Low Saxon-Low Franconian" monster. Ulritz 12:16, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Hi. I'd be more interested in the article that article points to, German language, history of. Also, it's not a book of linguistics, but of literature. So I wouldn't give this source more credit than the ethnologue, which up to now has been the only source found here on wikipedia for that concept (though it's called Low German-Low Franconian there). ― j. 'mach' wust | 13:18, 14 August 2006 (UTC)
"Variation in German: A Critical Approach to German Sociolinguistics", Stephen Barbour, Patrick Stevenson
"Language and Nationalism in Europe", Stephen Barbour, Cathie Carmichael
Two more. Oxford authors have such fine works at their disposal. Basing Wikipedia articles on Ethnologue is playing with fire, I'm afraid. Ulritz 13:41, 14 August 2006 (UTC)
Citing from Wikipedia:Reliable sources:
“When reporting that an opinion is held by a particular individual or group, the best citation will be to a direct quote, citing the source of the quote in full after the sentence, using a Harvard reference, a footnote, or an embedded link. See WP:CITE for more details.” ― j. 'mach' wust | 13:59, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Page Move[edit]

This has been fixed. Could you kindly remind Ulritz not to move pages like this ever again or point out the page move button? It is really tedious to fix. pschemp | talk 15:04, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Already done so. Thanks a lot! ― j. 'mach' wust | 15:27, 14 August 2006 (UTC)


Hi There! Can you translate my name in what language you know please, and then post it Here. I would be very grateful if you do (if you know another language apart from English and the ones on my userpage please feel free to post it on) P.S. all th translations are in alpahbetical order so when you add one please put it in alpahbetical order according to the language. Don't add any more silly languages please. PLEASE answer it on my talk page Thanks!!! Abdullah Geelah 18:34, 19 August 2006 (UTC)


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Low/High German/Germanic/Saxon etc :)[edit]

Thank you for all these contributions! --MaEr 16:43, 18 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the positive feedback. I was rather expecting furious reverts... Anyway, I've contributed a good part to that mess, so I wanted to clean up – well, I wanted that from the beginning, but now these articles are on a better way, I hope. ― j. 'mach' wust | 17:20, 18 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi, Thanks for your answer on the Low German Talk page. I thought it was only about the sentence "A broader term for the entire West Germanic language family unaffected by the High German consonant shift, thus including Low Franconian varieties such as Dutch as well as Anglo-Frisian." which Ulritz edited by changing "entire" into "closely related" and by deleting "as well as Anglo Frisian". Now, I was not aware that Low German may be take a meaning that includes English and Frisian, so I rather thought Ulritz do be right here.


Hello! I have created Pommersch to differentiate from "Pomeranian language", where the info had been for some time. I wasn't sure what the best title should be- Pommersch, Pomeranian dialects, Pomeranian (German dialects) etc., so I just went with Pommersch. Please feel free to correct, rename, update etc., as you seem quite knowledgeable about German dialects. Olessi 22:11, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

I'd have preferred Pomerian German, but you were first. ;) ― j. 'mach' wust | 07:03, 29 September 2006 (UTC) -- j. 'mach' wust

I don't accept Pommersch as a name in English either, and you gave in too easily; I think this should, in fact, be corrected. Had included additional comments here at first, but actually, they belong at User talk:Olessi so I moved them. Mathglot 07:42, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

German orthography[edit]

Bravo for your edit of 02:45, 13 March 2006. Your English is excellent, but here and there are some minor issues.

In the title, History of the German Orthography, English does not use the definite article for intangibles (History of Medicine, History of American Literature) and so I've removed it.

The second issue concerns this sentence:

In the following centuries, the only variety that showed a marked tendency to be used overregionally was the Middle Low German of the Hanseatic League, based on the variety of Lübeck and used in many areas of Northern Germany.

There is no such word as overregional in English. Were you thinking ueberregionalisch or some such concept here, perhaps? You could use "interregionally", which does exist and wouldn't be wrong, but it isn't used much. A typical formulation here in English might be, 'across different regions', at least for the first occurrence, so that's how I've left it. In a couple of other cases, I put "interregional" and in others I substituted "common" instead, which seemed to fit the meaning there, and is shorter than repeating the same word again.

But please check it out, and feel free to substitute 'interregionally' if you feel it better captures the idea you were trying to express, as long as you get the fact that an English-speaking reader may not have seen this word before.

By the way, I first came across this article from the Wiki requests for translations page, but this doesn't seem to be a translation of the Deutsche Rechtschreibung page at all, in fact, it has almost nothing to do with it. Which is fine, as the article is a good one about its own topic, but I question the inclusion of the interwiki 'Deutsch' link pointing to the Rechtschreibung article, which I think should be removed. Is there a German Orthography article of which this is a translation?

Finally, many non-students of linguistics might be very interested in finding this article in Wiki. Unfortunately, the word 'orthography' in English, unlike its cognates in German, Fr, Es, etc., is a specialist's term, and many users would surely search under the phrase 'German spelling'. This, however, will not turn up any references to this article, although it should. Maybe we could create a new disambiguation page, or redirect page (I haven't done this yet so I have to learn how) in which the search 'German spelling' would allow the user to choose the page he actually wanted--whether this one, or the English version of Rechtschreibreform, or whatever they were actually looking for. Mathglot 06:22, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Thanks a lot. I think I wrote that section from scratch. I wouldn't remove the interwiki link since it's common practice that interwiki links need not lead to direct translations, but to reasonably corresponding articles, and in this case, there seems to be a pretty fair correspondence. You're right that there really should be a redirect from German spelling. Will you do it? It's quite easy, see Wikipedia:Redirect.
I wasn't aware that the word *overregional doesn't exist in English. The idea is that when writing emerges, only regional varieties will be written. In a second stage, certain varieties will expand so that they are written in other regions where people speak other varieties. That's what I've used the word *overregional for, as direct translation of überregional. I think the expression across different regions is a good substitute. The expression common, however, doesn't seem to be adequate in all cases, since speaking of a common variety rather seems to evoque a single variety that is spoken everywhere, whereas a variety accross different regions doesn't need to be spoken everywhere and there may be several of them at the same time. Leo suggests the word supraregional. What do you think of that? -- j. 'mach' wust 08:18, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

No explanation necessary--I quite understood what you meant, because I backtracked in my mind from *overregional to probable überregional and substituted across different regions with nary a pause.

Actually, supraregional was the first word that came to mind, but I think it suffers from the possibility of misinterpretation since it's even rarer than interregional. When it did come to mind, it felt like a neologism, and I wasn't sure if I was creating it, or if it really existed (it does). As for common variety, it's true that this is less precise than across different regions or interregional but in the context of talking about a language spoken in different regions in the previous sentence or paragraph, common would be interpreted correctly. However, there's no reason to insist on it either, other than to avoid endless repetition of interregional, but if you feel that the latter is more precise and avoids misinterpretation, then I have no objection.

it's common practice that interwiki links need not lead to direct translations, but to reasonably corresponding articles, and in this case, there seems to be a pretty fair correspondence.

I buy the former, but not the latter--that was actually my point, namely, that while the two articles are related by the common thread of German spelling, after that, they part company and have almost nothing in common. To be linked by an Interwiki, the German article would have to have a table of pronunciations, in German of course, telling the student of German orthography/phonology how 'b' is pronounced in initial position (like /b/) and how it's pronounced in final postvocalic position (like /p/) and so on, for every letter. The concept of Deutsche Rechtschreibung has almost nothing to do with this. Conversely, the English article has absolutely nothing to do with Rechtschreibreform, apart from a single reference.

There is, in fact, an English article that almost (but not quite) corresponds to Deutsche Rechtschreibung, and it's called German spelling reform of 1996, which correctly points to the German article about the 1996 act. However, even this article, though much closer to the German Rechtschreibung one than the Orthography article, is still not a counterpart for it, and to my knowledge there is no exact English counterpart to the de:Deutsche Rechtschreibung. The German orthography article certainly is not it.

What we need, perhaps, is an English article on German Spelling Reform (or a generalization of the existing one about the 1996 Act), and an equivalent German article about German orthography that can be linked to from the existing English one. I studied up on redirects and disambiguation, and decided that the most appropriate for now is a disambiguation top link which I added to the Orthography page. Mathglot 10:58, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Hmm, that still didn't solve the search problem, so you're probably right that we still need a disambiguation or redirect page of its own at German spelling. Mathglot 11:11, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Style guidelines for sound pages[edit]

Hello. Recently CyborgTosser and I discussed and came up with proposed style guidelines for all the individual consonant and vowel pages wherein the Occurrence section would have a table rather than a bulleted list. You can see the discussion here. So far nobody else has commented on the proposed guidelines and I believe it's safer to get a solid consensus before undergoing the work to change so many pages. If you could comment on what has been proposed, even if it's a simple yay or nay, this would help us out quite a bit. Thank you very much. Ƶ§œš¹ [aɪm ˈfɻɛ̃ⁿdˡi] 06:40, 21 January 2007 (UTC)


Ich habe die Anmerkung auch in dem betreffenden Artikel gemacht. Es gibt kein Mecklenburgisch-Pommersch, der Dialekt heißt Mecklenburgisch-Vorpommersch. Ferner gehört Wendländisch nicht zu diesem Dialekt. Falls Du Dich darüber informieren möchtest, dieses Problem ist auf der niederdeutschen Wikipedia ausführlich diskutiert wurden (allerdings auf Platt) [3]. -- 22:36, 18 March 2007 (UTC)


Just out of curiosity, is Swiss German still on your watchlist? I just compared your last entry with the current version, and, well, the result wasn't as sobering as I expected, but not entirely satisfactory either. Take care. (I'll give it a shot in a few days, but some of the added elements might be relevant while also deserving some educated rewording... oh, and I'm aware of WP:OWN, but still, you know, much appreciated :-) ...) ---Sluzzelin talk 15:41, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

prononciation de l'allemand[edit]

In den französischen Seiten hast du in den Artikel "prononciation de l'allemand" in ein Paar Linien phonetische Zeichen, die nicht lesbar sind, hineingeschrieben: das zweite Zeichen von den Linien brutal Dürre essen Atem Nabel Räuber Gans Hase und die erste Linie von Aktion. Wenn ich aber diese Zeichen in ein Text-Dokument kopiere, dann werden sie lesbar. Warscheinlich kommt das von Wikipedia selbst,und deshalb ist es vielleicht auf deinem Komputer nicht bemerkbar, gerade weil du sie selbst geschrieben hast. Willst du sie ändern oder soll ich das selbst versuchen? --Gad Zorbert 20:20, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Je vais essayer de le corriger. Je pense que c'est plutôt un problème de browser. Certains browser sont capables d'élégir un fonte de caractères appropriée eux-mêmes, mais il y a toujours des browsers qu'il faut instruir sur chaque fonte. Pour ce problème, on a des template/modèle. Il semble que dans la wikipédia française, on utilise le fr:Modèle:APIb en ce cas. En ce moment, je suis un peu handicappé parce-que mon éditeur de textes préféré ne fonctionne plus et je ne peus modifier des document en unicode que dans mon browser, mais je peus corriger les mots que tu m'as dit. -- j. 'mach' wust 10:06, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Vielen Dank für die Verbesserungen. Alles ist jetzt sehr shön anzusehen in diesem Artikel. Es fehlt nur noch ein Hörbeispiel der verschiedenen Phoneme. Wenn du das kannst, wäre es sehr schön, die Tabelle damit zu ergänzen. Wenn du das selbst nicht kannst, schreibe mir zurück. Freundliche Grüße aus Frankreich.--Gad Zorbert 22:28, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

TfD nomination of Template:Unicode Latin[edit]

Template:Unicode Latin has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for Deletion page. Thank you. — Hello World! 06:35, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

IPA k͡p[edit]

Warum hast Du z.B. k͡p statt kp͡ in Template:Consonants geschrieben? Wenn ich mich nicht irre, das wäre richtiger und schöner. BartekChom 13:57, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

The correct form is k͡p. Due to a bug in Arial Unicode, the incorrect form kp͡ will look right on many Windows systems, see the note at the bottom of IPA#Affricates_and_double_articulation: "If your browser uses Arial Unicode MS to display IPA characters, the following incorrectly formed sequences may look better due to a bug in that font: ts͡, tʃ͡, tɕ͡, dz͡, dʒ͡, dʑ͡, tɬ͡, kp͡, ɡb͡, ŋm͡." -- j. 'mach' wust 15:24, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
Gut. Eigentlich habe ich das schon gelesen. BartekChom 11:38, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

Categories for speakers of Alemannic[edit]

Ich frage mal beim Schöpfer von "Template:User als" nach wie man das wackere aber derzeit verlorene Häuflein der Alemannisch-Sprecher wieder in Kategorien "einfangen" kann. Momentan haben all die schönen Templates keine Kategorie mehr integriert, da herausgelöscht [4] in Folge von [5]. Das Kürzel "als" soll "entvölkert" und dann für Albanisch genutzt werden. Die Betroffenen sollen sich in ISO 639-3 Subkategorien (swg für schwaben, gsw für Eidgenossen, ...) einordnen, so wie ich es verstehe (kaum). Was machen wir nun? -- Matthead discuß!     O       03:46, 1 October 2007 (UTC)


Bitte entschuldigt diesen dümmlichen Fehler um [ː] ([ˈχuχːiˌχæʃtli]). Ich weiss nicht mehr, was ich machen wollte… Ich werde was zu alt oder möglicherweise bekloppt!
Bald! vielleicht! ✓ Kanġi Oĥanko (talk) 14:18, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Whoa, no need for excuse at all! It is a strange notation. Not all use them. Some redouble the consonant sign instead; others use the plain voiceless sign but mark the lenis with a voiced sign instead, for instance [ˈʁʊχiˌʁæʒdli] or [ˈʁ̥ʊχiˌʁ̥æʒ̊tli] or something alike, or rather [ˈɣ̊ʊxiˌɣ̊æʃtli], as the allophonic uvularity is not usually notated.
But just as a sidenote: It's grüezi with the üe diphthong, but this is more of a Zürich greeting and in my place, people say grüessech instead. -- machᵗᵃˡᵏ 04:42, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

shorthand history book[edit]

Hi! I noticed you added Walter Kaden (2000), Neue Geschichte der Stenografie as a reference in the Shorthand article (already a few years ago). I have tried to find the book but no luck so far. Do you know whether the book is available in bookstores somewhere, or do you have any other advice for finding the book, preferably via mail order? --Ryhanen (talk) 10:57, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Possibly it's not available. I got it from Zürich or Basilea University library, and if I remember correctly, it looked kind of home-printed. -- machᵗᵃˡᵏ 07:07, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Internationalism (linguistics)[edit]

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Tagged for no references since July 2009. "Internationalism" and "international word" do not appear to be terms used in linguistics, as confirmed by two Google Scholar searches [6] [7]. One source that mentions internationalism in linguistics is Piirainen (2005), who says the word is not specifically defined, but used "carelessly" in discussion of cross-language idioms.

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Moved the class descriptions over. Let me know ASAP if you see any problems and I'll revert my changes.

Re: Lang-he-n[edit]

Hi J. 'mach' wust! I welcome any technological solution to the problem (even though I can't really see it myself). I can try what you suggested if it will actually help, but if you can actually test this, please make the changes you proposed. The bottom line is, the text must display as serif (preferrably SBL Hebrew or the David font, which is found in Windows) and be larger than regular text in order to see the diacritics. If you know of a way to do this without causing other problems, more power to you :) —Ynhockey (Talk) 12:06, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

I am afraid I cannot do this because I am no administator. I would not hesitate to make the changes, but both pages that I have proposed to be changed on your talk page are protected, {{Lang-he-n}} and MediaWiki:Common.css/WinFixes.css.
I am also afraid there is no way to test this in advance. However, since the CSS stays the same, nothing should change on Windows. What is supposed to change is only that modern browsers would no longer be affected from this Windows fix. For instance, I could finally see the Hebrew characters in a nice serif font instead of the ugly Microsoft Sans Serif. -- machᵗᵃˡᵏ👍 12:40, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
BTW, if you are not sure what changes are required, I can ask Kwami again. -- machᵗᵃˡᵏ👍 12:41, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
Hi again,
About Firefox on Mac OS X, the bug is knows and I think someone opened it in Bugzilla years ago, but apparently it's not important enough for them. I'll comment on it later (not home now). However, I can't reproduce the bug you are referring to on IE. For me the font looks great on IE. Can you send a screenshot of what the bug is like on IE?
In any case, if I have time later today, I'll try something else: simply change the Script/Hebrew template itself (or any template it transcludes—haven't checked the technical details yet) so that it simply uses a larger font; I think this should solve both problems. Not sure though, it could require some testing. I'll get back to you on the results.
Cheers, Ynhockey (Talk) 14:41, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
All three fonts you mentioned display Hebrew correctly, so it shouldn't be a problem. This is as long as we're talking about Mac OS only of course. Thank you for taking the time to fix this bug. —Ynhockey (Talk) 22:00, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

sockpuppet editing[edit]

There is an open WP:SPI case looking at sockpuppet editing primarily on the Johann Hari/ Talk page. As you edited the Johann Hari/Talk page between 2004 and 2011, your input is welcomed.

Bernese Mountain Dog[edit]

Thank you. The edit summary was peculiar!!. (Not yours, the predecessors.) So emphatic that it was like an invasion! Having a dispassionate look from someone who understands the languages and the social nuances was very helpful. 7&6=thirteen () 20:48, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Rabbits in the arts; Rabbits in the arts, German Wikipedia[edit]

J. 'mach' wust, I know this is outside your bailiwick, so I apologize for asking. Nevertheless, we could use your help on the English language version of the German Wikipedia article. Google will translate the article, but we need an interpretation, not a mere translation. If you could help, it would be appreciated. Of if you could recruit a 'volunteer' . . . Happy editing.

File:Sz modern.png listed for deletion[edit]

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IETF tags[edit]

There is currently no support for IETF tags. Is this something we have a complete list for? If we add support, will the tags be added consistently across articles? — kwami (talk) 19:10, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Please see Template talk:Infobox language#IETF language tag. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 19:13, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. Do you have a ref for the tags, so we know they're legit? I.e., that de-AT is Austrian Standard German, the subject of the article, and not just Austrian German, the subject of other articles? — kwami (talk) 19:22, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
There are plenty of sources in IETF language tag. If you set a computer to de-AT, it will certainly not use some dialect, but standard German in the form that is used in Austria. Austrian German is the same as Austrian Standard German. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 19:40, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
No, they are not the same. "Austrian German" just means the German of Austria.
Yes, computer interface will be in the standard language. But that doesn't mean that the code is for the standard language. If you set it to Japanese, you will get standard Japanese, but that doesn't mean that the ISO code is restricted to the standard language. — kwami (talk) 20:03, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Censoring info[edit]

If you have an estimate, provide one. Otherwise stop deleting info. And no, not saying anything is not an "obvious" way to provide info to our readers. We provide info by actually providing it. — kwami (talk) 22:23, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Links: [8], Talk:Swiss Standard German#Sources for the claim that there are no estimates about number of native speakers?, Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/3RRArchive295#User:Kwamikagami reported by User:ZH8000 (Result: blocked). --mach 🙈🙉🙊 14:08, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

IPA symbolization as OR[edit]

I am responding here to go along with Blueboar's request to let others respond at the Wikipedia:No original research/Noticeboard. You are right that, by itself, the examples listed at WP:OR cannot be concretely determined to be exhaustive. I went through the three examples to demonstrate that our IPA transcription symbolization does not fall into any of these three examples (original facts, original allegations, and original ideas). I then used our romanization policies to show that the practice of novel modifications of sourced transcription schemes has approval in the community, thereby showing that, although not spelled out, the de facto policy is that transcription does not require the sort of complete faithfulness to sources' transcription choices that you are asking for with our English IPA transcriptions. It thus follows that transcription choices are not material as WP:OR explains it and therefore does not qualify as original research.

Your response to my coverage of our romanization schemes was to fixate on how the modifications made the transcription systems more readable. But you are guilty here of equivocating original research with readability. Those are two separate things. As you have been arguing it, if a transcription system really falls under the purview of WP:OR, then it doesn't matter if it is more readable.

Thus, when you claim that representing the diaphoneme /æ/ or /ɑː/ is a new idea, you are either exhibiting a misunderstanding of what a diaphoneme is or arguing tautologically again. Ƶ§œš¹ [lɛts b̥iː pʰəˈlaɪˀt] 19:30, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

I wonder whether we cannot understand each other because we have different views about what a symbol is. In the most basic model, a symbol is the close association of a form and a meaning or, in Saussure’s terms, a signifier and a signified (there other more complicated models of what a symbol is, but they might be considered to be expansion of this most basic model, see also Sign (semiotics) or Sign (linguistics)). It seems to me you are saying that for a symbol to pass WP:V, we only need a source for its signified (the meaning), but not for its signifier (the form). Is that a correct characterization of your POV?
Linguistic symbols are recursive, so the association of signifier and signified can happen on different levels. For what we are talking about, we might distinguish the following levels:
  • On the single-symbol level, the signifier (form) may be a particular letter shape and the signified (meaning) a particular (dia)phoneme.
  • On the transcription level, the signifier (form) may be a particular transcription scheme and the signified (meaning) the pronunciation of an utterance.
  • On the article level, the signifier may be the form as regulated in the WP:MOS and the signified the content as regulated in WP:NPOV, V and OR.
If I understand your POV correctly, then you are saying that at the single-symbol level, WP:NPOV, V and OR only apply to the signified (meaning), but not to the signifier (form) – just as it does on the article level. In my POV, there are two reasons why this is a not the case:
  1. It is a misunderstanding of what a symbol is. The symbol cannot be reduced to the signified (meaning). When you change the signifier (form), it is not the same symbol any more even if you keep the signified (meaning). Since a particular symbol is constituted by the close association of a particular signifier (form) and a particular signified (meaning), the source of the symbol must use the two in association. Otherwise, it would not be a source for that particular symbol, but only a source for its signified (meaning).
  2. The different levels should not be confused. At the article level, WP:NPOV, V and OR may only apply on the signified (meaning) side. But this does not mean that it is the same at other levels. In WP:Core content policies, I have not seen any hint that the word “content” should be interpreted as a general restriction to the signified (meaning, content) at every possible level, thus exonerating the signifier (form) at, say, the single-symbol level from WP:V.
A symbol that is constituted by the close association of the signifier ⟨aː⟩ with the signified ‘diaphoneme /æ/ or /ɑː/’ is completely new, for all we know. I fail to see any tautology to this simple statement.
I am not equivocating original research with readability. As I have said, loss of readability is a “result” of original research (or of using an obscure minority POV): When we use a new pronunciation symbol, then readers cannot know it beforehand. They will first have to learn how the new symbol is used on Wikipedia. If they encounter the symbol outside of a Wikipedia context, they are at loss.
You have not yet shown that the any of the WP:Romanization schemes departs as radically from the sources as the Help:IPA for English scheme does, by introducing symbols that have never been used in this way before (for all we know). I assume they don’t. That is a sensible assumption because generally, people on Wikipedia care about WP:NOR.
OK then, so you no longer claim that “[o]ur transcription system is not material” [9]. Instead, you merely claim that it “does not fall into any of these three examples (original facts, original allegations, and original ideas)” [10]. I cannot follow. There are sources for the idea of using diaphomes, but in the relevant sources, diaphonemic symbols is only used sparingly. The CGEL, for instance, only uses ⟨ɪ⟩, but explicitly states that it will not use a diaphonemic analysis for /æ/–/ɑː/ (see citation in [11]). The only diaphonemes symbols that are typically used are ⟨ɪ⟩ and ⟨ʊ⟩. So far, there are no sources for the use of any other diaphonemic symbols. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 22:42, 8 November 2015 (UTC)
I think you understand my perspective pretty well, with the caveat that the form/meaning distinction I have been making is specifically about V/OR, not NPOV. As I have said before, our concerns about NPOV have prompted us to adopt the diaphonemic approach as opposed to picking one variety.
From your articulation, it sounds like I have been using symbol to refer to what you are calling signifier. Changing the signifier, as you say, does not necessarily change the meaning. So if we maintain NOR standards on the meaning, but not the form, and thereby use novel symbols, we are treating the form as arbitrary. I don't see this as a problem.
Regarding there are three possible things that you may be disagreeing with:
  1. Diaphonemes can be represented in the IPA with one symbol
  2. There is a diaphoneme that is realized /æ/ in some varieties and /ɑː/ in others
  3. This diaphoneme is represented with .
Qualifying the third item as something needing a citation is mistakenly reading symbolization as an idea. The first item is true, as can be seen both at diaphoneme and in the CGEL, which does not only use ɪ; it retains post-vocalic /r/ like GA but maintains the THOUGHT-LOT-PALM distinction like RP (Given the ubiquity of these phenomena, I would hardly call this "sparing"). The second point is also well-sourced, again in our diaphoneme article.
I understand what you are saying regarding the ways original research can lead to readability issues, but you can also have original research that is more readable. Being readable or not readable does not inherently stem from being original research. Again, arguing that the system is not readable is wholly different from whether it contains original research, even if you believe the latter leads to the former.
I still claim that our transcription system is not material. As you have pointed out, there is no definition of what "material" is at WP:OR. We are given three examples, none of which apply to our transcriptions. I have gleaned from our Romanization schemes that transcription is not material, though I could also point out to you (as others have done), that our policy on transcription of pronunciation is in the MoS, making it akin to our punctuation, spelling, and bolding in-house conventions. — Ƶ§œš¹ [lɛts b̥iː pʰəˈlaɪˀt] 00:50, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
“Qualifying the third item as something needing a citation is mistakenly reading symbolization as an idea.” I do not follow – I even fail to see any argumentation. On what grounds should this justify that the signifier and its association to the signified need no WP:Verification? Why should it be a mistake? What arguments lead you to this statement? Please cite.
I have never objected to the first item. I have reservations about the second item. Nobody has yet provided any WP:Verification that an ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ diaphoneme or, if you will, a diaphoneme for the BATH lexical set has ever been used. The verification efforts have centered on the theoretical possibility of such a diaphoneme. Why should theoretical possibility count as verification? Please cite.
There are two important differences between the ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ diaphoneme and our treatment of /r/ or of THOUGHT–LOT–PALM: For one, our treatment of /r/ or of THOUGHT–LOT–PALM does not have to be described in terms of diaphonemes. Instead, our treatment of /r/ can also be described as representing the pronunciation of a rhotic variety, whereas our treatment of THOUGHT–LOT–PALM can also be described as representing the pronunciation that does not have either the father–bother merger or the cot–caught merger – and indeed, that is how the CGEL describes such things, never using the outdated term diaphoneme. By contrast, the ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ diaphoneme needs to be described in terms of a diaphoneme because there is apparently not a single variety where it corresponds to a distinct vowel of its own. Secondly, our treatment of THOUGHT–LOT–PALM (but not our treatment of /r/) is WP:Verified by the pan-dialectal transcription of the CGEL, while the ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ diaphoneme is not – the CGEL explicitly does not use a ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ diaphoneme.
You have still not shown that pronunciation symbols are “presentation”, not “material”. I am sorry I have to repeat this: I have already told you that you have failed to show that none of the three examples you cited apply to pronunciation symbols (see [12], [13]) and I have already told you that you have not shown any precedence in the WP:Romanization schemes for the introduction of whole new symbols (see [14], [15], [16], [17]). A mere repetition of your claims does not address the concerns I have expressed about them. If you cannot address my concerns, then we should agree to disagree about whether pronunciation symbols are material or presentation. Then, we agree that (a) the contested pronunciation symbols are original research (at least “[i]n the strict sense” [18]), (b) all pronunciation symbols are arbitary, and (c) the choice of pronunciation symbols is relevant (see [19]). We disagree whether (d) pronunciation symbols are “material” or “presentation”.
Also, it is not true “that our policy on transcription of pronunciation is in the MoS”. For one, the MOS is no policy. More importantly, the MOS does not justify or explain anything about the way we transcribe English. Instead, it links to Help:IPA for English. That is why I did not put the Template:Original research on the MOS page, but on Help:IPA for English. If you think repeating the Template:Original research on the MOS page would be helpful, I would be happy to oblige.
I doubt that there is “original research that is more readable”. And it is very obvious that original research is not the only cause for bad readability. What matters to this discussion is that our original reasearch pronunciation symbols are a bad choice because they can impact readability. If someone with a moderate knowledge of the IPA consults the article Sudan because they want to know the English pronunciation, they may easily conclude that /suˈdaːn/ is pronounced with the PALM vowel, not with the TRAP vowel. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 09:42, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
I'm repeating my arguments because you seem to be having trouble understanding them. I'm getting a definite WP:IDIDNTHEARTHAT vibe from you. When I make an argument that is composed of multiple parts, you discuss the parts in isolation and act as though the weaknesses you focus on are not addressed in the other parts. You also constantly make these strange meta-arguments where, if my argument is not convincing, you state that I have failed to convince you as if the issue is suddenly closed.
It is getting tiresome that you aren't even being consistent. Symbols aren't arbitrary, except when they are. Except when they aren't. You have a problem with original research, except when it doesn't impact readability, but you are concerned with original research because you believe it leads to readability issues, except when it doesn't, in which case it is fine.
On top of this, you have been arguing about diaphonemes when you don't even have a basic understanding of what they are. Let me spell it out for you: you are mistaking diaphoneme for symbolization of a diaphoneme. As our article diaphoneme says in the first sentence, a diaphoneme is "an abstract phonological unit that identifies a correspondence between related sounds of two or more varieties..." This means that a diaphoneme is the identified correspondence between two sounds, not the symbolization of that correspondence. With this definition, it doesn't matter if CGEL doesn't use the term diaphoneme because they are, indeed, using a diaphonemic transcription. Another term for it is polylectal grammar as it encodes for multiple varieties.
Finally, you ask me to cite policy. When I cite the MoS, you make the absurd claim that the MoS I cite isn't really policy because it's not one of the five pillars. The point is that it's a style issue, which is why it's in the style guide. Trying to further pick apart our policy on pronunciation from WP:OR will be fruitless; WP:OR doesn't talk about pronunciation transcription because it's a style issue. If the MoS doesn't justify the style to your liking, it doesn't suddenly make it not a style issue. It shouldn't have to anyway. That justification occurs in Wikipedia's talk pages. — Ƶ§œš¹ [lɛts b̥iː pʰəˈlaɪˀt] 16:44, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
If I have given you the impression that I am ignoring your arguments, I apaologize. Please be assured that this is not my intention. On the contrary: I am trying hard to understand your POV and ask you questions that are relevant and go straight to the roots of our disagreement. I want to understand why our POVs are so different.
“[Y]ou are mistaking diaphoneme for symbolization of a diaphoneme.” Now that is an interesting line of thought. I think the same of you: You fail to distinguish between abstract diaphonemes as a mere concept and actual diaphoneme symbols like the one we suggest in Help:IPA for English. That is what I was getting at with the signifier–signified distinction: Abstract diaphonemes are pure signified (meaning), whereas actual diaphoneme symbols consist of the close association of a signified (meaning) with a signifier (form). What you have cited from the article diaphoneme applies to abstract diaphonemes (it explicitly says they are “an abstract […] unit”). The original research challenge applies to the actual diaphoneme symbols that are being used in the article space. Why do you think this is about abstract concepts and not about symbols in actual use? Why do you think this is only a style issue? Why do you think pronunciation symbols are merely presentation? I have the strong feeling that all these questions lead to the core of your POV, but I fail to see how you get there. Please help me understand.
I see only now that your “reading symbolization as an idea” refers to the same distinction between abstract diaphonemes and actual symbols that I have just discussed in the previous paragraph. I am sorry I did not get it the first time. Please accept my apologies. It is just that your POV is very strange to me, where actual symbols (signified AND signifier) are totally off limits for some reason I do not understand. What is that reason?
Minor points: How are the weaknesses that I have pointed out in parts of your argument addressed in the other parts? It would be much easier if I knew what you are referring to. My meta-argument is not strange. The situation is simple: I have initiated an original research challenge against some of the pronunciation symbols that are being used in the article space. In order to answer the challenge, those who want to keep the symbols have to prove that there is no original research. That is a real policy I have cited repeatedly WP:BURDEN. To me, it looks almost as if you have chosen to ignore this policy.
Why are you accusing me of inconsistency? “Symbols aren't arbitrary, except when they are.” I have never said such a thing. Symbols are arbitrary. But arbitrariness is only one side of the coin. The other side is conventionality. If symbols were entirely arbitrary, there would be no way anybody could possibly understand anybody else’s symbols. Conventionality does not mean that there is no arbitariness. Arbitrariness does not mean that there is no conventionality. – – “You have a problem with original research, except when it doesn't impact readability”. I have never said such a thing. Original research has to be removed, whether it impacts readability or not (though I cannot think of any case where it would not impact readability). --mach 🙈🙉🙊 19:39, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
Your inconsistency is quite clear from the beginning. For example, you said at Help talk:IPA for English:
"The symbols are certainly not arbitrary. Why should they be arbitrary?."
When Kwami called you out on this and said that symbols were, by definition, arbitrary, you doubled down:
"I don't care for your self-proclaimed definitions."
Yet just a few days later at the OR noticeboard, you switched:
"the signs are not just arbitrary, but also conventional."
That's an interesting twist. Perhaps you realized you were in error in this regard but that there was still merit in your position. But then here in this conversation you have made the argument that IPA symbols are inherently tied to the meaning they convey, meaning they're not arbitrary.
Inconsistency continues when you reject appeals to IAR, but then appeal to common sense (which is what IAR is all about) and even cite WP:SYNNOT (a further appeal to common sense) in your rationalization of where you think OR should and should not be applied to.
If you want to understand my perspective, replace every instance of "symbol" in my comments with "signifier." I and all others have been using symbol to mean what you have been defining as form.Ƶ§œš¹ [lɛts b̥iː pʰəˈlaɪˀt] 20:41, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
You obviously have not understood the signifier–signified distinction. A signifier without a signified is just a meaningless shape. A signified without a signifier is just a formless hunch of a thought. Our ⟨aː⟩ is not a meaningless shape. Instead, it has the well-defined meaning ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’. Our ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ is not a formless hunch of a thought. Instead, it has the well-defined form ⟨aː⟩. The association of the form ⟨aː⟩ to the meaning ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ is a new invention recently introduced on the English Wikipedia. The form ⟨aː⟩ by itself is not original research. The meaning ‘/æ/ OR /ɑː/’ by itself might not be original research. What is original research is the association of the two in our symbol “/aː/”.
Your response to this original research challenge has not been what responses to original research challenges are supposed to be: Providing sources for the challenged material. Instead, you have tried to argue that pronunciation symbols are somehow exempt from the core content policies. It has been a waste of time, because you have failed to find any compelling reasons. Your argumentation always boils down to some assumption he cannot justify any further, e.g. “[o]ur IPA symbolization is merely the presentation of facts”. Why is our IPA symbolization merely the presentation of facts? Sure, that is true on the “transcription level” – but not on the “single-symbol level” (see [20]). You have completely missed my point that the original research challenge has been about the single-symbol level all along.
It is revealing that you are not even trying any more to find compelling arguments. Instead, you dwell on finding superficial contradictions. OK, I was wrong to say that “symbols are certainly not arbitrary” [21]. It was in response to a typical disruptive and unsourced kwami claim that the form of the pronunciation symbols is “irrelevant, since symbols are arbitrary” [22]. What I should have said that arbitrariness is not all there is to symbols, but that there is also conventionality at the same time (see [23], [24], [25], [26]). At any rate, I have never said anything along the lines of: “Symbols aren't arbitrary, except when they are. Except when they aren't.” [27]. That is a straw man.
The twists in your argumentation go much deeper. For instance, you have argued very strongly against my assertion that the choice of symbols matters [28], but then, you say the opposite: “Our choice of symbolization still matters, particularly to readers who we want to understand the system” [29]. It appears that the choice of symbols matters to you when it serves your argument, except when it doesn’t.
Your attempts at arguing that I am somehow rejecting common sense when I have really rejected WP:IAR are just another straw man. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 09:37, 12 November 2015 (UTC)


You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

Please be particularly aware that Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made.
  2. Do not edit war even if you believe you are right.

If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection. If you engage in an edit war, you may be blocked from editing.kwami (talk) 22:40, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

It takes one to know one. Block log of kwami: [30]. Block log of myself: [31]. Now who of us is well-known to be a famous edit-warrior? Not me. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 22:51, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
Please see WP:OTHERCRAPEXISTS. The logic applies to criticism of editorial behavior as much as to deletion of content. Another way to put it: If I were convicted of stealing cars in 2014, it wouldn't make it legal for you to steal my car in 2015, nor wrong for me to file a police report about you joyriding in my convertible. >;-) The kind of "you can't criticize anything I do because you're not perfect" reasoning you're trying to apply is completely invalid. I have to urge you to drop the WP:BATTLEGROUND attitude with regard to this IPA stuff and other linguistic matters. I mostly agree with your position on this issue, but you're sabotaging the chance to build consensus toward resolving it, by verbally thrashing so much.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  12:40, 19 November 2015 (UTC)
When I do not agree with somebody else’s POV, I try to participate in the discussion and state my reasons instead of clogging their talk pages with warnings that do not explain anything. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 12:53, 19 November 2015 (UTC)
User talk is a proper venue for raising for airing disagreements with another user's PoV, and often the best for it. I agree that dropping a template warning here wasn't the most helpful approach, but a "not me! look how bad that guy is!" response (to an animate template) isn't too useful either. It's better to consider why such a notice would have been left here. It's not like it was randomly delivered by a lottery. Kwami raised pretty specific concerns, and you said you want to participate in discussion about PoV, so Kwami appears to be initiating discussion about your PoV.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  22:16, 19 November 2015 (UTC)
My experience with kwami’s warnings is that he uses them as one-off shots and does not follow up on them. He has been repeatedly extremely hurtful and disruptive against me. He is all over the place, so it is very difficult to counter his POV. Is there any good way of dealing with such an editor?
Look at the current situtation: Kwami’s change is on the template, and also another change that he added “per talk” [32] – even though I had opposed to it on the talk page. When I reverted, he just re-reverted, stating “take it to talk” [33]. Why yes, that is exactly what I had done, but he does not answer my objections or comment on my suggestions. How am I supposed to “take it to talk” then? While most appear to disagree with kwami on the talk page – yourself, Kanguole and me –, the template currently reflects kwami’s POV. I fear that it will continue to do so, because kwami is likely to be more prolific than the three of us combined. Wikipedia has a strong bias towards extremely prolific editors like kwami. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 22:56, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

Notice of Edit warring noticeboard discussion[edit]

Information icon Hello. This message is being sent to inform you that there is currently a discussion involving you at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Edit warring regarding a possible violation of Wikipedia's policy on edit warring. Thank you.--Lerdthenerd wiki defender 23:08, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

Link: Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/3RRArchive300#User:Kwamikagami and User:J. 'mach' wust reported by User:Lerdthenerd (Result: warned). --mach 🙈🙉🙊 02:12, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

Uncivil remarks at Help talk:IPA for English[edit]

I'm saying this here, since you seem to feel that being called out is more personal than topical. This post contains an untoward insinuation of bad faith editing. It is the second time I have witnessed you make snide remarks about Kwamikagami and it is in poor form. — Ƶ§œš¹ [lɛts b̥iː pʰəˈlaɪˀt] 02:55, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

What remark has been uncivil? Do you mean the remark “Kwami clearly is a representative of the ’anti-OR angle’”? I could prove that easily, but I don’t see the point. Do you mean the remark “I wonder whether this perennial topic represents a consensus, or whether it is just kwami’s POV”? Well indeed, I do wonder.
I have asked the question whether one particular edit [34] has been discussed. It might have been discussed, or it might not have been discussed. You can easily prove me wrong by showing me that it has been discussed. You contradict me so often – why don’t you take this chance to prove me wrong (and instead accuse me of uncivility, which is not entirely free of uncivility by itself)? I would have to admit that the particular edit is more than a mere POV. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 07:09, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Same goes for aspersions of conspiratorial WP:STONEWALLing, a mass accusation of bad faith. Since your persistent rehash of the same claims, that all eventually resolve to an assumption that WP:CORE applies to "Help:" and "Wikipedia:" namespace pages, has been repeatedly refuted by everyone, and instead of rebutting the refutations you simply reboot and just advance the same arguments again as if unaddressed (fallacy of "proof by assertion"), it's clear that "quality of argumentation" is not on your side, and that consensus has not changed. You are being disruptive, by pursuing a pattern of WP:TE, WP:IDHT, WP:1AM and WP:FORUMSHOP, re-re-re-raising the same arguments no matter how many times they fail to get any consensus acceptance, on at least three talk pages at the same time, and in multiple threads at once on some of them. Several editors (including previously uninvolved ones like Peter Coxhead) on more than one of these pages have pointed out that your OR / V mis-approach to this internal matter, and refusal to drop that stick, is derailing actual progress on improving Help:IPA for English, and is doing nothing but WP:BLUDGEONing the discussion with circular reasoning we're all tired of and which is not going anywhere. You yourself wanted to use Template:Round in circles, though the only circularity is on your own part. Given the above discretionary sanctions notice, WP:ANI or WP:AE would probably not hesitate to put an administrative stop to this.

I can warn you from first-hand experience that AE if not ANI, too, will absolutely interpret something like "Kwami clearly is a representative of the 'anti-OR angle'" as precisely the kind of aspersion-casting forbidden at WP:ARBATC#All parties reminded (twice over – it's an accusation that another editor is acting as a representative of some WP:FACTION, and it's an imputation of "anti-foo" WP:BATTLEGROUNDing beliefs or motivations as if you are a mind reader who can peer into Kwami's id). Being in agreement on something is what we're supposed to be working toward in forming WP:CONSENSUS; it is not evidence of "representation" of a conspiracy. Disagreeing with you on some matter is not evidence of the holding of some politicized or obsessive "anti-something" stance. That is ad hominem and argument to emotion; it's fallacious, pseudo-debate technique, that will eventually get you topic-banned or blocked. There is no "anti-OR angle"; it's a simple fact that CORE, including NOR, do not apply to Help or Wikipedia namespace documentation. You're just going to have to accept this even if you wish it were not the case. Your attempt to advance the view that there's a special exception because our pronunciation keys are used in mainspace has dismally failed. Please just let the dead horse decompose naturally.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  21:25, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

I think it is sad that you are turning this into an issue about my person instead of discussing the factual issue. Please take a step back and ask yourself whether it is really helpful.
I cannot read kwami’s mind, but I can read kwami’s posts where anybody who cares can read loud and clearly that kwami shares the POV that NOR does not apply to pronunciation symbols, see [35].
You are misrepresenting my POV in two ways:
  1. You make it look as if I were alone even though I have demonstrated I am not [36].
  2. You make it look as if I were claiming that NOR applies to the Wikipedia or help namespaces even though I have pointed out that this is not true. NOR undeniably applies to the main article namespace. As I see it, pronunciation symbols that belong to the main article namespace are subject to NOR like everything else. Your attempts at demonstrating that pronunciation symbols are a special exception from WP:CORE have not lead anywhere – you made a promising start in Wikipedia:No original research/Noticeboard#Wrong venue; internal documentation is not subject to WP:NOR, but when I continued rebutting your argumentation, you stopped answering.
I will continue to advance the same arguments again as if unaddressed – but for the simple reason that my arguments have indeed not been addressed. You are claiming my arguments have been refuted. Where? Please point me to a diff. I try my best to carefully follow the discussions, but it is possible that I could overlook something nonetheless.
I am preparing an RFC about one particular pronunciation symbol that has as yet not been discussed on Help talk:IPA for English. I hope you will take this opportunity for returning to factual discussion instead of focusing on what I believe to be irrelevant sidetracks such as my behaviour or the help page’s name. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 01:59, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
Here is the RfC: Help talk:IPA for English#RfC: Should we continue recommending the sign ⟨ɵ⟩? --mach 🙈🙉🙊 11:03, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Plural verbal endings in Low Franconian[edit]

Hi! FYI, on Low German I have removed the claim that Low Franconian languages have two plural verbal endings. Dutch only has one, and is the prime example of a Low Franconian language. Thought you might like to know as you added this back on 24 November 2005. – gpvos (talk) 17:59, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Many thanks for the notice. I had no recollection I ever added that piece of information, but apparently I did [37].
I think you are mistaken. While standard Dutch indeed has a single plural form for verbs, Southern varieties such have two different forms. See e.g.:
I am thus going to revert your change. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 21:25, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
After reading those, I agree. I would however suggest to add some kind of note that this is only historical for Standard Dutch, since it is not well-known to a semi-knowledgeable reader like me. – gpvos (talk) 21:49, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
I see that you did so. Excellent! Thanks. – gpvos (talk) 21:53, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Please stop removing data[edit]

Hi. No need to remove the ?'s from the language articles. Consensus on what to display should be handled by the template. Languages that lack a population figure is still a useful category to track. — kwami (talk) 21:50, 29 December 2015 (UTC)

@kwami: You are mistaken. The consensus is: “There is consensus to display nothing” [38]. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 21:59, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
OK, let’s do this with a maintenance category from the template, then. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 22:01, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
I figured it out without by myself: There has been a maintenance category for keeping track of these articles all along. It is Category:Language articles with speakers set to 'unknown'. The code can be safely removed, which I have now done [39]. --mach 🙈🙉🙊 00:07, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

Help:IPA for Alemannic German[edit]

Hello. You're welcome to correct any mistakes in that guide. Peter238 (talk) 09:44, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

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Pronunciation of genus and species names[edit]

Hi, I noticed your efforts to provide sources for pronunciation of Latinized Greek names of organisms, such as here. I would be inclined to remove all such pronunciation guides (and in any case, IPA is Greek to me) with the oft-repeated observation that science is an international language, and there is/are no standard pronunciation(s) for species names. European colleagues often use Classical Latin prounciation, with hard g and c, and "ae" pronounced like "I" and "i" like English "ee". There is a footnote about this at Rhaphiolepis. "William T. Stearn in his book Botanical Latin says "Botanical Latin is essentially a written language, but the scientific names of plants often occur in speech. How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood..." There are American popular books like Sunset Western Garden Book that use a prescriptive approach, but I would argue that they are not reliable sources for science. This issue has long rankled at WT:PLANTS, and I hope that a discussion could occur to solve it in a science-friendly way. Your thoughts? Sminthopsis84 (talk) 14:27, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

I agree with Sminthopsis84; pronunciations for scientific names are extremely doubtful. Real use varies widely. Being British, I frequently find those given by the Sunset Western Garden Book strange. I could add other pronunciations, but:

  • I'm not convinced they are useful
  • The two books I have that give pronunciations for a large number of plant scientific names and so could be used as sources use re-spelling systems. Now I could convert these to IPA, but this conversion would be unsourced, which troubles me. One idea that occurred to me would be to store a table somewhere showing the re-spelling → IPA mapping I used, but then referencing this table wouldn't be acceptable in Wikipedia.

Any ideas? Peter coxhead (talk) 14:43, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

I am rather inclusionistically inclined. I agree that pronunciation may vary in some cases. However, there is a traditional pronunciation of classical(ish) names and other words, stemming back from a time when knowledge of Latin was more commonplace. So I think the virtue of providing a pronunciation guide lies in its being a reminder of what the pronunciation were if we would suppose the traditional English pronunciation of Latin (and Greek). At the same time, the pronunciation has to be taken cum grano salis since other pronunciations are often possible as well. However, for readers interested in the traditional pronunciation, the pronunciation guides are useful.
That being said, there are a few lists – some of them extremely long – that include classicalish pronunciation without any sources at all, interspersed with dubious pronunciations (/əˈmæzənᵻs/ for Amazonis? – I don’t think so). I think there would be no harm in removing all of these pronunciations. As with any other content, our pronunciation guides should be verifiable. These lists include the following:
Other similarly sourceless pronunciation include numerous dinosaur species, though I think there is no list. You can find many of them by browsing through my recent edits from the past week and looking for articles whose name ends with -saurus where I put “ipafix – source still missing” in the edit summary.
What is a more fitting place for continuing this discussion? --mach 🙈🙉🙊 15:41, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
Still some more of these lists:
--mach 🙈🙉🙊 11:05, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. It is suggested at WT:PLANTS#IPA clutter that a discussion could proceed at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Pronunciation, where it is clear that these issues are perennial topics. Perhaps what it comes down to is the question of what are good sources. I'm at a loss, since I've always followed a free style based somewhat on the French-influenced tradition in English. I'll duplicate this comment at WT:PLANTS. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 16:17, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

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