- The community wishlist survey 2020 is underway. This year, for the first time, submissions are directed towards projects other than Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. The last year and the year before, several proposals had been made but none had received enough votes to be selected. Let us hope that this year, several quality proposals will be submitted and then supported. It is possible to write until November 11th, the votes will be from November 20th to December 2nd and the results will be known on December 6th.
- On October 2nd, the French Wiktionary was the victim of a vandalism wave by multiple unregistered users. Several regular members channeled a flood of unwanted changes and then pointed out the need for more people to be able to write abuse filters, which are automatic response scripts to certain behaviours, such as deleting an entire page, inserting insults or advertising links. Three additional volunteers now have access to these tools: Pamputt, Rapaloux and Thibaut120094. The French Wikimedia webzine RAW, also talks about it this month.
- The Italian-speaking Wiktionary has reached the milestone of 500,000 entries with the pronominal verb complimentarsi (« compliment oneself »)!
- The Minangkabau-speaking Wiktionary is in the final stages of creation and should be created soon, after validation by the language committee of the Wikimedia Foundation. This language is spoken by 5 to 6 million people in Indonesia and Malaysia.
- To circumvent the incompatibility of licenses between the Wiktionnaire (CC BY-SA) and Wikidata (CC0), the English-speaking Wiktionary discusses the opportunity to request the installation of a Wikibase, the structured database manager used by Wikidata, for their own data.
News of the world
- The webzine Nautilus publishes this month an issue dedicated to language. It is available free of charge online.
- Volume II of the comic strip “l’étymologie avec Pico Bogue” [Etymology with Pico Bogue] (in French) has been released in bookshops.
- The magazine sent to members of the union CFDT in September/October 2019 published an article “Écrire sans fautes” [Writing without mistake] which reminds them of the importance of spelling in employability and provides links for self-learning. It refers to a list of online dictionaries... where the Wiktionary is sorely lacking.
- Alain Rey has been interviewed on Europe 1 (in French) to promote his new edition of the Dictionnaire historique de la langue française. He takes the opportunity to talk about the language of the “young” that the “old” have such difficulty understanding and taking into account.
- Le Figaro interviews the writer Flore Vesco (in French) on the “medieval language” and the words that are not used anymore.
- In Libération, issue 11943 on 28 October 2019, page 20: the writer Wendy Delorme publishes the column Le masculin l’emporte accord et encore [The masculine prevails and again].
Two days of contribution in Grenoble
— a column by Noé
We explain things.
We're eating walnut cake.
Update on help pages
— a column by Noé
- September 20th to October 20th, 2019
+ 43,173 entries and 114 languages modified to reach 3,819,220 entries and 1,156 languages with at least five entries.
+ 2,883 entries in French reaching 375,540 lemmas and 563,612 definitions.
+ 15 new languages appeared on the French Wiktionary for a total of 4,824 languages: the Kilmeri language, the Siawi language, the Mer language, the Namla language, the Nimo language, the Owiniga language, the Old Khmer language, the Murkim language, the Amto language, the Kimki language, the Biwat language, the Saweru language, the Odiai language, the Kembra language and the Karkar-Yuri language.
+ 2,980 quotations or examples in French to reach 400,378.
+ 1,950 pronunciations (including 1,516 for French) reaching 174,209 audio pronunciations for 116 languages (including 72,396 for French).
+ 267 illustrative media (picture and videos) in French Wiktionary pages, reaching 47,520.
+ 13 thesauri for a total of 613 thesauri in 56 languages among which 439! The new thesauri are: autism by AnneJea, café (place), café (drink) and cigarette (all three for the Lexisession), ruin, delay and nut in English by Noé, spiral by Stephane8888, talentedness by Benoît Prieur, hybrid vehicle by Rapaloux, nut (collective, during the weekend in Grenoble), the nut in Russian by Pom445 and finally nothing by Noé, Tamahashi, Pom445 and Lyokoï.
Wikiscan and Wikistats give access each month to many figures, including a list of most viewed pages and pages modified by biggest numbers of editors. Page that has been the most edited this month is autrice.
+ 27 words created over 31 proposed in Mots du jour [word of the day].
+ 3 semantic domains: space teledetection, glass and ceramics industry and Reunion cooking.
Wiktionnaire:Questions sur les mots [Questions on words] record in October 61 questions compared to 36 in September and 40 in August.
A rare activity this month in the quiet world of lexicography! Two short columns to complement the regular dictionary of the month column.
Fun facts— a column by Lyokoï
Some videos on lexicography, linguistics and the French language released or discovered this month.
- Cadet, eldest or youngest child? Not so simple: the radio show “Un bonbon sur la langue” [A candy on the tongue] on RTL puts the family in order.
Dictionary of the month
- LE DICO, Le dictionnaire de la richesse et de la diversité de la langue française d’aujourd’hui, Garnier et Rue des écoles, 2019 ISBN 978-2-3518-4266-9
What was supposed to happen, happened. The world’s largest dictionary on many aspects attracted the interested eye of a publisher who saw the opportunity to extract a reasoned selection and, while respecting the open license, to produce a book to offer to lovers of dictionaries and those who need them (normally, it is a lot of people). And for once I will be able to tell you the story, because I was at the heart of his story (although the credit goes to all those who allowed it to be published).
Everything (yes, absolutely everything, or almost everything...) started in a seedy café next to the Part-Dieu station in Lyon. Noé and I (Lyokoï your devoted narrator) met the director of éditions Garnier, Philippe Sylvestre, and the publisher in charge of the Wiktionnaire's printing project, Maxime Perret (photographed at the Wikiconvention francophone). We went because Wikimedia France put us in touch with those people who wanted to “print the Wiktionnaire”. A little mocking, we were curious to see how we could want to print 3.7 million pages, or less madly the 370,000 French words we described in the project, knowing that in comparison one of the largest printed language dictionaries is the “Grand Robert de la langue française”, which it contains 100,000 words, and that it is 6 large volumes of 7 cm thick per volume (about 23 volumes for 161 cm wide for the Wiktionnaire, with about the same format).
But we were wrong. These people had a much more pragmatic view of the matter, and had decided to use a selection of the Wiktionary’s words, including his recent neologisms and words people are particularly looking for. They offered to associate us with the creation of such a book and I accepted after Noé had to refuse because he was already on another project, he will talk to you about it soon. Then began the implementation of the creation of the work. I had to negotiate and build with the publisher an author’s contract taking into account the CC BY-SA license, which will be offered to all editors involved in the review of the Wiktionnaire’s articles.
Then came the creation of the work itself, first the selection of information that would be kept: definitions, quotations, synonyms, antonyms, expressions, derivatives to retrieve other expressions, the form line and the grammatical class. Then the creation of the list of words that will constitute the nomenclature, the latter were chosen from a sum of three sources: the 50,000 most read Wiktionary words in 2018, the 1500 most frequent in the French language, and several thousand words among the most present in school textbooks. The final skimming retained only 32,000 pages of the Wiktionnaire for 40,000 lemmas or words. It has been augmented with a preface, etymological records and word networks from other works by the same publisher. These supplements are not under free license. A list of the 200 most important contributors to the Wiktionnaire is provided at the end of the book.
The next step was the proofreading of all these pages, the selection of the information according to a charter given by the publisher, and the formatting so that a generator could transform all this into a printable file. It was then a team of 30 people, including myself, who were in charge of proofreading all these pages from March to mid-June. Finally, final proofreading by a correction company and sent to the printer in July. “Le Dico” has been released in two formats, one for schools (middle and high school) and one for the general public. The internal content is identical, but the cover of the latter is cardboard and solid, while the cover of the former is soft and light.
You can now order it online or from your favourite bookseller, and half of the percentage going to authors is donated by the publisher to the association Wikimedia France, which supports Wiktionnarists, notably through the development of Lingua Libre. If sales are good, regular re-releases are considered. — a column by Lyokoï