Perhaps this is something that should be left as the choice of the volunteers 
who contribute the content? Whatever they feel comfortable with and are 
competent in. It may vary between contributors for the same language. 
Once content is published, anyone with the skills and desire can transliterate 
to any other script system of their choice. Others can translate to any other 
language of their choice. This is the wiki way of doing things. If we have 
support for a script system it can be used, if not that becomes a technical 

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Jeff Hawke
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Which script oral language will use anyway?


You are right that this could be a controversial choice -- indeed it is
inherently political and there is no way of avoiding that fact.  So where
will the decision be taken, on what grounds and by what athority?


On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 8:26 PM Subhashish Panigrahi <>

> Dear Wikimedians,
> Some of you might be recovering from the Wikimania fatigue. Those of you
> who have already recovered, I wanted to pick your brain about something
> that came up multiple times during discussions but none really seem to have
> a clear answer.
> Which script (writing system) an oral language speaker would use for
> creating an entry on (gateway [1]) projects like Wiktionary or Wikibooks or
> even uploading a list of words on Commons using a tool like Lingua Libre?
> Will it be the script used for the official language of the region where
> the former language is from?[2] This is a bit controversial as native
> speakers of many indigenous languages would see this as a form of
> colonization. Will it be the w:International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)? This
> is probably the least controversial but a common and average user might not
> be able to read IPA as the latter was created by linguists and was created
> for linguistic and scholarly studies rather than for everyday use.
> Wikimedians who are native speakers of languages with less written/recorded
> documentation and individuals who work on such languages are more
> encouraged to share their inputs based on past experience.
> 1. Gateway project: This is a made-up term to define the Wikimedia projects
> that are more welcoming to newbies and do not require stringent citation as
> almost all oral languages would lack that. It was fascinating to see Amir
> challenging that it only takes about 30 seconds to add an entry to
> Wiktionary (
> )
> Subhashish
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