MADRID – Wikilengua, a Web site devoted to Spanish usage, launched Tuesday an oral linguistics atlas compiling the different ways the language is spoken in the world, project coordinator Javier Bezos told Efe.
“The biggest novelty is the launching of an oral atlas to which Spanish-speakers all over the world can upload recordings to reflect a particular way of talking,” he said on the second anniversary of the site’s founding.
The purpose of the atlas is to let all Spanish-speakers contribute to compiling a record of the different ways the language is spoken, globally positioned on a map that uses Google Maps technology, to which new sound recordings can continually be added.
Other changes have also been developed on Wikilengua, such as the edition and creation of articles by anonymous users, “so that it is really an open Web 2.0 site.”
“There are many users,” Bezos said, “who like the anonymity and who have participated on this site, often with very valuable contributions.”
Two years after its inauguration, Wikilengua for Spanish has had more than 11.3 million visits from people from 108 countries led by Spain, Mexico and Colombia, according to data from Google Analytics.
Thanks to the help from users, of whom some 8,672 have registered up to now, Wikilengua for Spanish now has more than 30,000 pages.
Wikilengua for Spanish “is in a phase of consolidation” and is becoming a necessary resource because its “wiki” nature encourages the construction and creation of useful information that can be shared by everyone, the coordinator said.
“In other language forums, like French for example, doing something similar has been suggested because it isn’t always easy to reach every corner of the world where a language is spoken, least of all in an area as large and rich as that of Spanish-speakers,” Bezos said.
Wikilengua was created by BBVA bank’s Fundeu foundation, with support from government agencies and the Autonomous University of Madrid. EFE