Glottopedia:Glottopedia vs. Wikipedia

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  • Glottopedia is intended for a specialist audience and will include full references to the scientific literature in the field of linguistics. Its articles need not be accessible to lay users, unlike Wikipedia articles.
  • Glottopedia is being created by academic linguists, i.e. linguists with a current or previous affiliation with a university or other academic institution (including advanced students of linguistics and independent scholars with an academic background).
  • The articles can be created and edited freely by any registered linguist. Unlike Wikipedia, Glottopedia does not allow anonymous editing.
  • The terminology of linguistics (including terminology of language names) is very confusing even to many linguists. Glottopedia aims to bring light into this confusion by including entries for synonymous terms and explaining the various uses of polysemous terms. Similarly, there will be entries for each variant of a language name, explaining what the differences are (e.g. Romanian vs. Rumanian).
  • There can be biographical articles on anyone who made a contribution to the academic field of linguistics. This is in contrast to Wikipedia, which allows articles only on "prominent" persons. (However, to avoid the issue of personality rights, Glottopedia allows full biographical articles only for dead linguists. For living linguists, the biographical articles must be restricted to links.)

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