African Languages in Wikipedia – A Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
8 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2017 Last revised: 12 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 11, 2017
The paper examines the availability of Wikipedia information in indigenous African languages. This is important because, as Graham and Zook have argued, fundamentally different narratives are created about places and topics in different languages. The article shows that all indigenous African languages together account for only 1% of the total number of Wikipedia articles. The great majority of these is in just five languages. The paper calls for a conscious effort to build and promote African languages, also on Wikipedia.
Keywords: Wikipedia, Africa, language, indigenous African languages, Internet, narratives
JEL Classification: D83
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