Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#lingwiki

Soon it's time for our collaborative wikipedia linguistics editing session!
Here are the most important things I want to tell you
The time for the LSA session is Saturday the 10th of January at 20-22 Pacific Standard Time (4-6 AM GMT/UTC). You can also edit before or after that time, that's cool too.

The hashtag for twitter is #lingwiki, you can of course also use it on the tumblrs, book of faces and elsewhere on the internets, but just know that the main event will be in the twitter-sphere. We're @grammar_swag on the twitters, you can tweet to us with the hashtag #lingwiki, that'd be sweet ^^!

This edit-a-thon is being organised by Gretchen of All Things LinguisticLauren of Superlingo will also be present as well as Moti and Adèle-Elise of LingSpace and yours truly Hedvig from Humans Who Read Grammars. And you? Tweet us if you're game, or tell us here if you ain't got twitter.

You're welcome to join even if you're not a linguist, there's lots of things that needs doing that don't require an in-depth knowledge of linguistics. Just, don't submit information that you are not sure about. Gretchen explains this better.

I really recommend everyone reading Gretchen's post here about how to participate. Don't worry if you're not a wikipedia-veteran, it'll be fine.


Wondering what to write about? Well, we're mainly targeting linguistics stubs (underdeveloped articles), under-documented languages and biographies of important linguists (in particular women and people of minority background). Go have a browse on the wikiprojectpage for linguistics.

I'd also like to remind you that wikipedia is multilingual. If you are competent enough in another language but English then consider working on translating linguistics articles that are relatively "finished" into other languages.

Finally, I could like to recommend having a look at this page from Humans Who Read Grammars where I present several resources for you where you can learn more about specific terms and topics in linguistics. These resources will most likely prove very useful as we're getting to work on wikipedia.

In particular I would like to highlight the resource of Glottopedia, a wikipedia for linguists run by among others our fellow tumblrer Jan of Linguisten. Now, in this project right now we're working with "regular" wikipedia because we want to improve the knowledge of linguistics in the general population. However, if you're interested do visit Glottopedia and become a member. There is information in Glottopedia that can easily be adapted to wikipedia, and also the other way around. Information flow between Glottopedia and Wikipedia is super double plus good.

Let's spread linguistics on the internets!

p.s. if you're not familiar with incorporating moving images (gifs) into text like this, just know that it's a part of tumblr culture (and generally blog culture) and read up more on it if you're curious.  It doesn't mean we're less serious linguists, it's just a certain way of communicating that we sometimes appreciate. These are of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and from the music video for her debut song Pon Pon Pon.

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