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The number of Wikipedia articles in a language and the links to social factors

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Borja Pellejero ,

Centre d’Estudis Locals d’Alaior
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Natxo Sorolla,

Xarxa CRUSCAT – IEC, CUSC – UB
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Marina Nogué

Centre Universitari de Sociolingüística i Comunicació de la Universitat de Barcelona
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Abstract

There would seem to be a contradiction in the fact that Catalan should have a Wikipedia with a similar number of pages to that in Chinese. There are fewer than 10 million Catalan speakers and they were marginalised in their own land for a long time, but they have still been able to produce content on the internet that in some cases matches that of China, a world economic superpower with nearly one billion Chinese speakers. Though it should be noted that the situation is not the same in China as it is in those places where Catalan is spoken. This article offers an initial look at the social, educational, technological, economic and demographic factors linked to a language's position in the ranking of number of Wikipedia articles. This analysis is based on one key concept, that of the digital language community, and the observation that Catalan's position on the internet is not due to the activism of its speakers, but to a position that resembles that of any other medium-sized language community.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i13.1119
How to Cite: Pellejero, B., Sorolla, N. & Nogué, M., (2011). The number of Wikipedia articles in a language and the links to social factors. Digithum. (13), pp.37–49. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i13.1119
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Published on 31 Maig 2011.
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