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Wikipedia(s) on the language map of the world
Abstract This article will not try to describe the This article will not try to describe the whole Wikimedia galaxy. It will stick to Wikipedia in English, and that's ambitious enough. The English-language Wikipedia, by far the biggest of them, now (28th November 2006) contains 1,506,659 articles. The German Wikipedia reached 500,000 articles on 23rd November (note in passing: the English Wikipedia has added that many articles to its total in just six months), while the French Wikipedia reached the 400,000 milestone on 27th November. The newest and smallest Wikipedia, number 250, is in the Lak language of Dagestan, in the Caucasus, with one article and 20 users. One more statistical measure will show how much Wikipedia matters. People who Google already know that for a great many Google searches one or more Wikipedia entries will turn up high on the first page of the results. They don't all know that Wikipedia now comes eleventh in alexa.com's traffic ranking of world websites. For a strictly non-commercial site with relatively academic content, that is astonishing success; what's more, the trend is steadily upwards, though it will be hard to overtake the top four: yahoo.com, msn.com, google.com, and the highly popular Chinese search engine, baidu.com. popular Chinese search engine, baidu.com.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments "[Wikipedia] attracts edits from non-nativ"[Wikipedia] attracts edits from non-native speakers, contain nonsense along-side the sense and contain propaganda and error alongside the facts. Wikipedia is fiercely up to date, except when it isn’t. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia for the world as it is. It seems likely that it will continue to be the encyclopedia that the world deserves." P.7encyclopedia that the world deserves." P.7
Conclusion Wikipedia is certainly not a reliable modeWikipedia is certainly not a reliable model of good English, nor of the English of native speakers. The other language Wikipedias, too, attract edits from non-native speakers. Wikipedia contains nonsense along-side the sense; it contains propaganda and error alongside the facts. It is fiercely up to date, except when it isn’t. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia for the world as it is. It seems likely that it will continue to be the encyclopedia that the world deserves. the encyclopedia that the world deserves.
Data source Websites  +
Doi 10.1017/S0266078407002027 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%28s%29%2Bon%2Bthe%2Blanguage%2Bmap%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bworld%22  +
Has author Andrew Dalby +
Has domain Linguistics +
Has topic Readability and style +
Pages 457-476  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in English Today +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions how is Wikipedia affecting the languages of the world?
Revid 11,070  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Wikipedia(s) on the language map of the world
Unit of analysis Language  +
Url http://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0266078407002027  +
Volume 52  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Multiple  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:36:41  +
Categories Readability and style  + , Linguistics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:36  +
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