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This will get HUGE, maybe Wiktionary_talk:By_language_language


This page is already slow to load because of the huge number of links which it contains. The software must check every one of those links to see whether it exists.

Where a language shows links to every letter in alphabet, I would propose a single link to the overall index for that language.

I also note that index pages are currently in a variety of formats. I have made some format changes to ensure that these are all in a standardized format. This format may be somewhat arbitrary, but at least a standard format will be easier to remmeber.

Unless there is a large uproar against it I will make the changes to show a single link once the index formats have been standardized for a given language. Eclecticology 22:32 Aug 11, 2003 (UTC)

I object! The accompanying list is too long for no useful purpose. Currently the list show 171 languages with most of them having no semblance of an index at all. They have been enterred by a person with an obsession for developing a long list of languages (including extinct ones). I have no reasonable expectation that this person will ever do anything to develop our knowledge of these languages.

Although there is no doubt a place for such a wish-list of languages, but I don't believe that this is it. I see the purpose of this article as being a top level navigation aid to languages that are actually included in Wiktionary.

I have considered unilateral action to deal with this, but would prefer to consider other opinions before I do this. Eclecticology 21:11, 12 Oct 2003 (UTC)

Why not?[edit]

Jeez... why the uproar over a simple list of languages? If the servers can't handle a page with a few hundred links on it, we're all in big trouble. I see nothing wrong with a "wish list" of languages, as long as they will eventually have entries (i.e., they're "real" human languages). Note, BTW, that this page is linked to from Wiktionary:Multilingual coordination using the link-text "world's 6,500 languages", so obviously someone thought this was going to be a comprehensive list! Speaking of "real" human languages, what would the criteria be, exactly, for inclusion of a language? Please see Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion, which I'm trying to expand. - dcljr 08:24, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Afrikaans is not an option in the list of languages[edit]

For some reason Afrikaans does not appear in the list of languages (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Main_Page#Wiktionary_in_other_languages), even though there is an index for it. How do I add it?

Are you looking at Wiktionary:List of languages - Afrikaans is there. You can add words to the index, by editing Wiktionary:Afrikaans index and then just click on the red links to create them. Good luck. SemperBlotto 09:11, 1 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Ido in the search box[edit]

Question: when does the search box on the front at www.wiktionary.org get updated? Ido is not yet one of the languages featured there.

That page is modified through meta (m:Www.wiktionary.org template). So you will have to ask a sysop there to fix that. \Mike 11:36, 16 Jun 2005 (UTC)


De-wikified languages list?[edit]

Is htis the right page to have the "top-40" languages that aren't wikified, as a section of the page? Anyone know where the latest version of that list is, these days? --Connel MacKenzie T C 00:34, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

problems in A, beginning of B[edit]

  • Acoma: is perhaps not the standard name for the language; I cannot find the ISO code. (kjq-aco?)
  • Akan: is both a language and a language family, and is OK as-is, right?
  • Akana: I can find no information about this language; we have no entry ([[Akana]]), no index and no category. (?!)
  • 'Akhoe: we have no entry ([['Akhoe]]), no index and no category, so I am not certain, but I suppose this is a misspelling or alternative form of ǀʼAkhwe / Ekoka (ISO code: knw), one of the speeches of the !Kung dialect continuum. Is it?
  • Andaluz: I cannot find enough clear information about this to determine if it is a dialect or a language, nor to determine its ISO code.
  • Apache: is ambiguous, refers to a family, not to a specific language. We have no index and no category, so I would have simply removed it from the list, but thought I would list it here with the other problems.
  • Arrernte: is a dialect cluster with at least two ISO codes. Should we spilt the entry into Eastern Arrernte and Western Arrernte, or treat them as one language and devise a Wiktionary code for it?
  • Babylonian: is one of the forms of the Akkadian language. We do not list the other, Assyrian. Should we add Assyrian or remove Babylonian?
  • Baluchi: is a macrolanguage. Should we remove it and replace it with the appropriate languages?
  • Banda: is ambiguous. We have no entry ([[Banda]]), no index and no category, so I cannot tell whether one of the Banda languages is meant, or the separate language with the ISO code "bnd". "bnd", I guess?
  • Bantu: is ambiguous, refers to a group of 250 languages, not AFAICT, any specific one of them.
  • Bavarian: refers to several different speeches, but has an ISO code. Keep, I guess?

When I finish all of the sections, I will post in the BP for a wider audience. - -sche (discuss) 01:04, 2 October 2011 (UTC)


Table contains "ril Riang". But code "ril" should be replaced by "ria", see [1] and w:Kokborok. -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (talk) 11:50, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

Why? What's wrong with the current situation? —CodeCat 12:25, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
Ok, it shouldn't be replaced. I was wrong, but... There are:
In this table: "ril Riang". So language name "Riang" has two meanings. -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (talk) 13:07, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
You should probably propose changing the language's name at WT:RFM. —CodeCat 13:17, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
OK. Thank you! -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (talk) 14:22, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
I've addressed the matter, in that I've added 'ria' to the list under its attested alternate name "Reang" (with a note that it also goes by "Riang"), so that both are on the list and are distinguished from each other. - -sche (discuss) 05:19, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

RFD discussion[edit]

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The bot-updated list at Wiktionary:Index to templates/languages is already more comprehensive. - -sche (discuss) 03:40, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Redirect --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 03:18, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Redirect but only once the bot that maintains Wiktionary:Index to templates/languages is programmed to add links to each language's category and index. At the moment it only links to the code template (and those are all about to be deleted) and to the language name in mainspace. —Angr 14:50, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Kept as this is now the primary list, automatically updated through Lua. —CodeCat 12:50, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Biblical Hebrew[edit]

Code hbo. Currently isn't listed, probably ought to be, unless you guys have an extended explanation why not somewhere.LlywelynII (talk) 12:08, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

We refer to it as Biblical Hebrew. —Stephen (Talk) 00:03, 2 November 2013 (UTC)
And, more to the point, it's subsumed into he; see WT:LANGTREAT. - -sche (discuss) 05:06, 2 December 2013 (UTC)


Is the term used by the OED. Is that equivalent to the "Norman" here? or should OED "Anglo-Norman" terms be placed in "Old French" here? I can't figure out how to edit the "alt names" section of this page, but please add the term to the appropriate code. — LlywelynII 04:23, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Anglo-Norman used to be considered a separate language on Wiktionary, but it was merged into Old French. This is reflected on WT:LANGTREAT. —CodeCat 04:27, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Doric Greek[edit]

should be covered by language code grc-dor but is currently missing here. — LlywelynII 22:00, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

It is covered by grc (specifically-Doric forms are indicated with context labels, as in ὄνυμα). - -sche (discuss) 08:58, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Renaming Scanian to Old Scanian[edit]

Discussion moved to WT:BP.

No idea[edit]

why New Latin (code NL.) isn't displaying but it needs to so I can find it more easily than by hunting through category entries. Kindly fix whatever broken formatting code is currently omitting it. — LlywelynII 00:22, 3 November 2016 (UTC)

New Latin isn't a language, but an etymology-only code subsumed under la. So you'll find it in the list of etymology-only languages. —CodeCat 00:36, 3 November 2016 (UTC)
This isn't Wikipedia. The only reason to have a list of languages is for the codes we use here to be easy to find. In fact, the lead even says this is a "list of all the language codes that are recognized by Wiktionary".
Kindly merge them back or link prominently. — LlywelynII 00:39, 3 November 2016 (UTC)
Propose it at the Beer Parlour. —CodeCat 00:40, 3 November 2016 (UTC)
New Latin appears at "Wiktionary:List of languages/special". I'm not sure why a separate subpage was created for certain languages; it does make them a bit harder to look for. Could they not be moved into a section on the main page? — SMUconlaw (talk) 07:03, 3 November 2016 (UTC)
For technical/performance reasons, no. —CodeCat 14:40, 3 November 2016 (UTC)
I suppose the subpage could be transcluded on to the main page, but that would indeed make the page longer to load (and it already loads rather slowly). — SMUconlaw (talk) 15:59, 3 November 2016 (UTC)