The Scarlet Letter is a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American author of the 19th century. It is considered to be one of the most important works of American literature. This explains why the English version is so distinct from the German one. The English wikipedia article about the Scarlet Letter was first published in July 2003, the German article in April 2004. Continue reading “The Scarlet Letter – Comparison of the English and German Wikipedia article”
Wikipedia – encyclopedia extraordinaire and the probably most commonly known and used internet database in existence. Millions of articles offer information and insight on everything ranging from art over people to politics and technology. The flow of information seems endless, in some languages more than in others. Different language Wikipedias differ not only in the actual count of articles, but also greatly vary in the content. While many articles are mere copies of articles in different languages, some avert this and instead differ greatly from the English version, sometimes to a point where one has to wonder whether reading articles only in one language is enough to gather all the desired data. Continue reading “Dragon Age: German vs. English Inquisition”
My research has shown that English and German Wikipedia articles can be totally different even if they describe the same topic. An evaluation of the Wikipedia articles on Multiculturalism in English and Multikulturalismus in German has shown that these two articles are independent of each other and differ in terms of length, informativeness, wealth of details and pictures. Surprisingly, they also differ in terms of how they present points of view. Continue reading “Diversity on the rise in “multicultural” articles”
For our blog post, we compared the articles about “The Renaissance” versus “Die Renaissance” in the English and German Wikipedia. Both articles were created separately instead of one being the translation of the other. They both were released in their first versions in September and October 2001. Since then, they both have developed from single sentences into “good articles” but not yet “featured articles”. Taking a closer look at the articles’ history reveals the genesis of good articles: Numerous people worked together to improve the articles from short and rather incomplete first versions (German and English first article) to good articles (see current German and English version of the articles). Continue reading “Comparison of the English and German Wikipedia articles about the Renaissance”
In a comparison of articles from the English and the German Wikipedia one can see that, in many cases, the German pages are merely translations of the English ones. However, the articles on Gesture and Gestik vary greatly, which is why I decided to take a closer look at them and compare them in detail.