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After conceiving a certain project and involving a community to edit Wikidata, it was realized that some African languages are not supported on Wikidata.

These languages are:

Bafia
Bekpak, Rikpa’, Ripey*
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: ksf

Bafut
Befe, Bufe
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bfd

Baka
Babinga, Bebayaga, Bebayaka, Bibaya, Pygmees Baka, Pygmees de l’est
Country: Cameroon, Gabon
ISO 639-3: bkc

Bakoko
Basoo
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bkh

Bamum
Bamoum, Bamoun, Bamum, Shupamem
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bax

Basaa
Basa, Bassa, Bicek, Bikyek, Bisaa, Mbele, Mee, Mvele, Northern Mbene, Tupen
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bas

Duala
Diwala, Douala, Dualla, Dwala, Dwela, Sawa
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: dua

Ejagham
Edjagam, Ejagam, Ejaham, Ejwe, Ekoi, Etung, Keaka, Kwa, Obang
Country: Cameroon, Nigeria
ISO 639-3: etu

Eton
Iton
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: eto

Ewondo
Ewundu, Jaunde, Yaounde, Yaunde
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: ewo

Fe'fe'
Bafang, Bamileke-Fe’fe’, Feefee, Fe’efe’e, Fefe, Fotouni, Nufi
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: fmp

Gbaya
Mbodomo
Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic
ISO 639-3: gya

Ghomála'
Baloum, Bamileke-Bandjoun, Bandjoun, Banjoun-Baham, Banjun, Batie, Mahum, Mandju
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bbj

Isu
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: isu

Kera
Country: Chad, Cameroon
ISO 639-3: ker

Kom
Bamekon, Bikom, Kong, Nkom
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bkm

Kwasio
Ngumba
Country: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea
ISO 639-3: nmg

Lamnso'
Bansaw, Banso, Banso’, Lamnsok, Lamso, Nsaw, Nsho’, Nso, Nso’, Panso
Country: Cameroon, Nigeria
ISO 639-3: lns

Maka
Makaa, Mekaa, South Makaa, South Mekaa
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: mcp

Medumba
Bagangte, Bamileke-Medumba, Bangangte
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: byv

Mka'a
Central Mbo, Ehob Mkaa
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bqz

Mundang
Kaele, Marhay, Moundan, Moundang, Musemban, Nda
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: mua

Nda'nda'
Bamileke-Nda’nda’
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: nnz

Ngémba
Ngêmba, Nguemba (Mankon–Mundum)
ISO 639-3: nge
Country: Cameroon

Ngiemboon
Bamileke-Ngiemboon, Bamileke-Ngyemboon, Ngyemboon
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: nnh

Ngombala
Bamileke-Ngombale
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: nla

Nomaande
Lemande, Mande, Mandi, Noomaante, Numaand, Numand, Pimenc
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: lem

Nugunu
Behie, Beke, Gounou, Gunu, Nu Gunu, Ombessa, Yambasa, Yambassa
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: yas

Pidgin (Cameroon)
Cameroon Creole English, Wes Cos, Kamtok
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: wes

Tuki
Bacenga, Baki, Batchenga, Betsinga, Betzinga, Ki, Oki, Osa Nanga, Sanaga
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: bag

Tunen
Banen, Banend, Nen, Penin, Penyin
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: tvu

Vute
’Abotee, ’Abwetee, Baboute, Bamboute, Boute, Bubure, Bule, Bute, Foute, Luvure, Nbule, Pute, Voute, Voutere, Woute, Wute
Country: Cameroon, Nigeria
ISO 639-3: vut

Yambeta
Njambeta, Yambetta
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: yat

Yangben
Central Yambassa, Kalong, Nuasue, Nukalonge
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: yav

Yemba
Atsang-Bangwa, Bafou, Bamileke-Yemba, Bangwa, Dschang, Tchang
Country: Cameroon
ISO 639-3: ybb


The languages below are still to be confirmed

Fulfulde
Adamawa Fulani, Boulbe, Domona, Dzemay, Eastern Fulani, Foulfoulde, Ful, Fula, Fulata, Fulbe, Fulfulde, Mbororo, Palata, Peul, Peulh
Country: Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad
ISO 639-3: fub

Pulaar
Peul, Peulh, Pulaar Fulfulde
Country: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania
ISO 639-3: fuc

Event Timeline

Eugene233 renamed this task from Add support for some African Languages on WIkidata to Add support for some African Languages on Wikidata.Sep 27 2020, 1:29 PM

In which context do you want to use the languages? Labels/Description/Aliasses, Lexemes or Monolingual texts?

The following languages are already available (in all places):

  • Malagasy - mg
  • Twi - tw
  • Wolof - wo
  • Swahili - sw
  • Lingala - ln
  • Ewe - ee
  • Hausa - ha
  • Xhosa - xh
  • Zulu - zu

In addition Pulaar is covered by (but not identical with) Fula (ff).

In which context do you want to use the languages? Labels/Description/Aliasses, Lexemes or Monolingual texts?

@Mbch331 we are using in the Labels, Descriptions, Aliasses context but will time I'm sure the other uses may apply.

Does this give more clarity? @Bugreporter

The following languages are already available (in all places):

  • Malagasy - mg
  • Twi - tw
  • Wolof - wo
  • Swahili - sw
  • Lingala - ln
  • Ewe - ee
  • Hausa - ha
  • Xhosa - xh
  • Zulu - zu

In addition Pulaar is covered by (but not identical with) Fula (ff).

This is great!

Please can I have some updates on this ticket? At least if we could have some results anytime soon or we have to wait a little longer for outcome.

@Amire80 @jhsoby Could you please have a look? :)

@Eugene233 when we have feedback from Amir and Jon we can move ahead.

The code for Ngémba is missing.

Sepedi, also known as Northern Sotho, is already supported with the code nso.

Pullar (fuc) and Fulfulde (fub) may be already supported with the ff code. If this is not OK, then perhaps this can be added, but I'd like to hear this directly from someone who knows these languages.

The rest are good to go.

Great! Thanks @Amire80 this makes a lot of sense. That said, we will put those to be confirmed on hold and proceed with the others. I will update the description accordingly.

Is anyone adding these codes? @Mbch331

I'll make a patch this weekend. Thx for the ping.

Change 663941 had a related patch set uploaded (by Mbch331; owner: Mbch331):
[mediawiki/extensions/Wikibase@master] Add several term languages and several monolingual languages

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/663941

Change 663941 had a related patch set uploaded (by Mbch331; owner: Mbch331):
[mediawiki/extensions/Wikibase@master] Add several term languages and several monolingual languages

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/663941

Change 663941 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/Wikibase@master] Add several term languages and several monolingual languages

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/663941