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|Friday, December 18th, 2009|
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2008|
Classical Japanese reference project
I've been needing to unwind the past few days, and so I decided that since Japanese Lit. kicked my ass on the Japanese II CSET test I'd go ahead and develop sources for it on LingWiki
. While my real weak point tends to be in the post-Muromachi era, I figured it'd be good to start at the beginning and move forward, and as such I decided to start with the 百人一首
since it's a well-known body of work (of manageable size) and provides a nice cross-section of early Japanese authors to build from. I've got a basic article covering what it is and I've catalogued all of the poems from it; only completed about 20 of the author profiles at the moment. Figured I'd throw it out there to see if anyone else was interested.
If anybody would like to help expand the resource, the biggest things that need to be done are to finish the articles on the authors and work on critiques/explanations of the poems. While we're at it, if anyone knows of any good references for Classical Japanese online, please share! I've found this
, which gives an excellent introduction to the grammar. Even if you're not into old Japanese or afraid of it, some of the information presented provides an excellent insight into the quirks of modern Japanese and how they got there.
Thanks again, and I hope people find it useful! If anyone has questions about the site, feel free to post them here (if you're having problems with registering, sign up on the board and use the same login for the site and you'll be set).
|Sunday, July 20th, 2008|
Collab of the Week: Shapes!
Welcome to this week's collaboration project on LingWiki! This week's theme is shapes
Looking primarily for the basic two-dimensional shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, etc.). Any other two- or three-dimensional shapes are welcome, so feel free to add in some of your favorites.
If you're feeling ambitious and don't mind letting your work be used on the site, recordings of pronunciations would be great as well! A great way to do that and help many other people as well is to register at Forvo
and record the word there.
Thanks to all who contribute! The assembled collection of the contributions will be viewable at shapes
|Sunday, July 6th, 2008|
Favorite false friends?
Welcome to this week's collaboration project on LingWiki! This week's theme is false friends
Just about every student of language at some point or another tries to use words from their native language when they need a word they don't know in another language. In many cases they can land a word that's about on the mark, in other cases they end up with something that's completely opposite of or unrelated to their intended meaning, and perhaps even offensive. I know someone who, on top of already having made a couple other mistakes while speaking Spanish, had to further clarifiy he wasn't pregnant
to boot when he accidentally said that he was "embarazado".
This week's collaboration is about pulling together some of your favorites to share. If you have stories to go with them, all the better!
Thanks to all who contribute!
|Sunday, June 29th, 2008|
Collab of the Week: Colors!
Welcome to this week's collaboration project on LingWiki! This week's theme is colors
Looking for the basic colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet), plus brown, black, white, and gray to round things out. Any other colors or shades are welcome, so feel free to add in some of your favorites.
If you're feeling ambitious and don't mind letting your work be used on the site, recordings of pronunciations would be great as well! In the interest of convenience for all involved, recording them as one file is fine; I have the software to break it into separate files for use on the site.
Thanks to all who contributed numbers last week, and to all who're going to help with colors this week!
(For those interested, the original thread on the site can be found here
|Sunday, June 22nd, 2008|
Collab of the Week: Numbers!
Time for this week's collaboration project on LingWiki! This week's theme is numbers
Just the numbers 1 through 10 is fine, though if you can provide higher numbers as well it would be great! For example:Vietnamese
1 - một
2 - hai
3 - ba
4 - bốn
5 - năm
6 - sáu
7 - bảy
8 - tám
9 - chín
10 - mười
Multiples and powers of 10 are useful as well, so feel free to add in any other numbers as you see fit.
If you're feeling ambitious and don't mind letting your work be used on the site, recordings of how to pronounce the numbers properly would be great as well! In the interest of convenience for all involved, recording them as one file is fine; I have the software to break it into separate files for use on the site. Please indicate what you would like to be credited as in your post if you post any audio files.
Thanks to all who contribute!
|Sunday, June 15th, 2008|
Favorite proverbs or sayings?
Conducting a second weekly collaboration project on LingWiki, this week's theme is proverbs and sayings
Each language has its own unique sayings and phrases that give it life and color. This week's collaboration is aimed at building a collection of them across a variety of languages. While being a native speaker of the language the saying comes from is helpful, it's not necessary for this week's collab.
For each phrase you contribute, please include at least the saying written out in its native script and a translation. Ideally, a romanization of non-Latin scripts (writing systems that don't use the English alphabet, essentially) should be included, as well as an explanation of the proverb's deeper meaning and a list of headwords under which the phrase could be added. If you wish to provide a handwriting sample by writing it/them out, feel free to do that as well.
Saru mo ki kara ochiru. (Even monkeys fall from trees. Even experts make mistakes.
猿 (saru, monkey
), 木 (ki, tree
), 落ちる (ochiru, [to fall
As always, feel free to log into the wiki itself and add your contribution to the appropriate articles or ask how in LingWiki's help forum
Thanks to all who contribute!Also...
If you weren't there when the first weekly collaboration took place, you can still participate! A thread has been posted here
so that it can continue.
|Thursday, May 8th, 2008|
As of three nights ago LingWiki's database appears to have started having problems. The data is intact, however the software started refusing to acknowledge it was allowed to access it.
While it means losing the input of the 67,000 edits the LingWiki team has put in over the past two years, I have decided to create a new database and use it as an opportunity to update the Wiki software and refocus the site a bit. We are also in the process of working out partnerships with several other linguistics websites, so it'll be an opportunity to work on including that as well. I'll still keep the old database archived in the event someone can find a way to recover the article data out of it.
To those who've helped out over the past two years, thank you very much for your contributions, and I'm very sorry about what happened. That said, if you've been wondering how to contribute to the LingWiki community, now's your opportunity to join in and have your say! We've created a new category specifically for you at http://lingwiki.com/index.php?title=Category:Policy_Issues_Needing_User_Input
, and it's continually growing.
If anyone has questions about the site, please feel free to e-mail me back personally at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks again to everyone for your support!
Founder, LingWiki Current Mood: hopeful
|Monday, December 12th, 2016|
LJ group started!
Welcome to the LingWiki LJ group!
I'm Paul Baptist, owner of http://www.lingwiki.com
, an independent wiki project designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about languages or sharing what they know! It's primarily English/Japanese oriented at the moment, as that's my personal area of expertise, but I very much want to see it develop into a resource on all languages.
If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, register at the site for the forums, and shortly thereafter you should be able to join in on the fun of contributing to the wiki itself. Even if you don't know that you can/want to add information to the site, we always welcome people who want to ask questions to help us focus our research, making it a more useful resource for everybody! Registration is not required to post on talk pages within the Wiki, however it is required to post on the boards.
I'll be using this LJ community to post updates about the Wiki, but members are more than welcome to use this as another social outlet within the community, or to ask questions about languages, translations, learning materials, etc. Anything goes, so long as it's not in violation of our policies posted on the Wiki.
Thanks for stopping in, and I hope everyone has fun!
Paul Current Mood: energetic