Help: Detailed Standards

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Most people shouldn't care about these. It's much more important to add content in some form than to nitpick every little detail. These details are mainly for editors and other pedantic folks.

What to Include?[ ]

WikiSpiv's primary goal is the preservation and furtherment of music in the Ukrainian diaspora. While inclusion criteria is very subjective, we follow these basic principals. The more checkmarks a song has, the more strongly you should consider including it. The inverse applies as well, as we want to avoid saturating the site with songs from outside our main objective.

  • Written in the diaspora (e.g. Вогов)
  • Mostly unique to the diaspora, even if written abroad (e.g. Конику ґальоп)
  • Popularly sung in the diaspora with traditional instruments, by zabava bands, or at bonfires (e.g. Червона Рута)
    • Counterexample: PLAKALA - KAZKA. While a popular song in the diaspora, it is a very modern song which is not commonly sung in the aforementioned areas. A recording might be played at a zabava, but not usually by a live band. As such, it should be omitted.
  • Written about the diaspora, even if written abroad (e.g.  Гоп, стоп, Канада)
  • Popular in Plast, CYM, or other large "diaspora" organizations, even if only popular in the Ukraine branch
  • Difficult to find lyrics elsewhere (e.g. Село)

Musical Notation[ ]

We exclusively use American-style notation. It is common to see the German notation in external sources - replace B with Bb, H with B, and H7 with B7 to convert from German to American notation when contributing to this site. It is also common to see Italian note notation in Ukraine (до,ре,мі,фа,соль,ля,сі,до). Use C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C instead.

Official Language[ ]

The official language of WikiSpiv is Ukrainian-Canadian half-на-пів. The bulk of explanatory text should be Canadian English (yes: colour, not color), but you can assume people reading the site understand Ukrainian and should write titles and lyrics in Cyrillic.

Ukrainian[ ]

  • Prefer the 1928 Ukrainian Academy of Sciences orthography, which is the most commonly used for Canadian-Ukrainian.
    • e.g. соціяліст, not соціаліст
    • Ґ is a letter
  • Use the modern Ukrainian orthography when the more modern pronunciation is important.
  • Within lyrics (but not titles) you should almost always spell out numbers so it's obvious what language they're in and what declension to use. For example, write "Ю-two", not "Ю2" in lyrics. In titles, Ю2 would still be preferred.

Half-на-пів[ ]

  • In half-на-пів songs, generally write English words in English and Ukrainian words in Cyrillic. Exception: If the word is to be pronounced with a heavy English pronunciation, transliterate it instead. For example, write "бараболя" if the "R" is to be rolled, but "barabolya" if you are to pronounce the "R" like one would in American/Canadian English.
  • The opposite is also true - English words pronounced with a noticeable Ukrainian accent should be transliterated into Cyrillic. If you transliterate English words into Cyrillic, you must include an explanation in the addendums. Exception: Entire phrases should not be transliterated, just one or two words as part of a larger phrase in either Ukrainian or English. e.g. Use "Форденятко закурило а потім..." but not "Гі дров зе форд ту зе бар"
  • Prefer writing macaronic words as their constituent parts (e.g. "fun"-у, not фону; "cop"-и, not капи). Exception if the macaronic word has taken on a new pronunciation in Ukrainian (e.g. use ґару, not "car"-у; use Йорктону not "Yorktown"-у), but make a note in the addendum.

Lemko/Rusyn[ ]

  • Generally render using the 1928 Ukrainian orthography, except when historical context is important in any attached materials. Do not use Rusyn orthography within the main lyrics body, but it is acceptable in any addendums.
  • ы becomes и. Yes, I know it can change the meaning of some words. Make a note in the addendums.
  • Prefer using Ukrainian "сь", "ся", etc. When an authentic Rusyn pronunciation is important, "шь", "шя", etc is acceptable.
  • Prefer Ukrainian equivalent of л --> в switches when the в makes an English W sound but not when it makes an English V sound. When an authentic Rusyn pronunciation is important, use Polish "ł" within the Cyrillic text (e.g. "сеłо"). This should be used extremely sparingly, and a note must be made in the addendum. Exceptions (on the basis that they are very common Lemko words and should be understood): горівка not горілка
  • Slight preference for Ukrainian equivalent of в-л switches (e.g. "повно" not "полно"). When an authentic Rusyn pronunciation is important, it is encouraged to retain the "л". Please make a note in the addendum.
  • Apostrophes can be omitted before я, ю, ї, є. Maintain consistency within a song.
  • Preserve softened sounds (e.g. use "льоґіка", not "лоґіка")
  • Reflexive words can be written with or without the dash ("сподіваме-ся" and "сподівамеся" are both fine). Maintain consistency within a song.

Punctuation[ ]

  • Only use straight quotes (""). Never use Ukrainian quotes («»). Never use curly quotes (“”).

Authorship Labels[ ]

  • The author of the lyrics should be prefixed with "Слова:"
  • If the song is an original composition, the music composer should be prefixed with "Музика:"
  • If the song reuses another melody, follow the pattern 'Мелодія: "Song Title" - Band'
  • If the song has a version in another language and the direction of transfer is unclear, state just the language and the song (e.g. "Польска: 'Haniś, moja Haniś"')
  • Do NOT include Plast fraternity/sorority abbreviations after names. This is common in Plast spivanyky (e.g. "Слова: Данило Сенторе, ЗГ"). Instead, just write the name without the abbreviation and in the "Історія" addendum write something like "Written by Данило Сенторе, a member of the Зелені Гуски Plast fraternity/sorority"