Wikipedia(s) on the language map of the world

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Wikipedia(s) on the language map of the world
Authors: Andrew Dalby [edit item]
Citation: English Today 52 : 457-476. 2007.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1017/S0266078407002027.
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Wikipedia(s) on the language map of the world is a publication by Andrew Dalby.


[edit] Abstract

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.

[edit] Research questions

"how is Wikipedia affecting the languages of the world?"

Research details

Topics: Readability and style [edit item]
Domains: Linguistics [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Websites [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Language [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Multiple [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Wikipedia 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."

[edit] Comments

""[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.7"


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AbstractThis 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 teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-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.7
encyclopedia that the world deserves." P.7
ConclusionWikipedia 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 sourceWebsites +
Doi10.1017/S0266078407002027 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%28s%29%2Bon%2Bthe%2Blanguage%2Bmap%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bworld%22 +
Has authorAndrew Dalby +
Has domainLinguistics +
Has topicReadability and style +
Pages457-476 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inEnglish Today +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionshow is Wikipedia affecting the languages of the world?
Revid11,070 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia(s) on the language map of the world
Unit of analysisLanguage +
Urlhttp://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0266078407002027 +
Volume52 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageMultiple +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2007 +