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Add a new language

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Deutsch • ‎English • ‎français • ‎日本語

You can record any language, dialect or language variety using Lingua Libre. Lingua Libre uses item to store information on language in a way equivalent to what Wikidata does. All existing languages are listed here.

If your language/dialect does not exist yet, you can create it by yourself. To do so, we have two options:

  • ask to an administrator (this is the recommended way). You can find a list of the administrators here.
  • create a new item by hand

Tool for administrators

This section applies only for administrators

The gadget LinguaImporter can be used by administrators in order to import a language directly from Wikidata. To do so, follow the following steps.

In top right corner > User icon > Preferences > Gadgets : check in "LinguaImporter" > “Save”;

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The gadget tab of your preferences.


In top right corner > Gears icon > “Import a language” : click

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The popup below appears.

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Enter the Wikidata identifier of the language. Ex: For Picard language, enter it's wikidata identifier Q34024. You may also type its common English name : for French language, enter “French”, rather than "français". Among the list proposed, click the relevant one. Warning! Be very careful to click on the right language in order not to import elements that are not languages. Validate by clicking on the “Import” button.

A successful popup appears, indicating the LinguaLibre item identifier corresponding to your to the language.

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This new language is now available to anyone who wants to record word lists.

Create a new language by hand

It is recommended to create a new language by asking to an administrator.

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So that, all labels filled on Wikidata, that contain the language name in several languages, will be imported. If you create a language by hand, you will have to translate the name of the language by yourself.

If you still want to create a new language by yourself, follow these steps:

  • Click on this link in order to create a new item. You arrive on the page below.
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  • In the label field, type the language name in the language that is selected in the Language list;
In the description field, type a short description that allow to understand which language is it;
In the alias field, you can optionally enter other language names that are used for this language
Finally click on the “Create” button.
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  • You are redirected to the page of the new element you just created
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  • Now, you have to create the following statements by clicking on “add statement”:
To save the statement, you have to click on “save”.
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This new language is now available to anyone who wants to record word lists.