Talk:Submissions/A Gentle Introduction to Wikidata for Complete Beginners

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Latest comment: 6 years ago by Deryck Chan

I find it amusing that in the slides you call Wikidata "language-neutral". I agree it's bot-friendly but as a recreational linguistician I think we've basically invented a new "language" called Wikidata. It bears all the hallmarks of a human language: "Item (subject) // property (verb) - item (object) // qualifier (adverbial participle) - other data types (direct quotation from another human language)". Several years ago I successfully requested the deletion of properties "uncle" and "auntie" because there is no unambiguous yet cross-culturally useful definition of these terms. A few years down the line there are more and more "waffle properties" like "as" that are loanwords from specific languages that can't really be translated to most languages of the world. Deryck Chan (talk) 13:43, 29 July 2017 (UTC)Reply