As part of the project «72 uras» we want to gather as much young people as possible from the 16th to 19th January 2020 which help collecting voice recordings in all five Romansh varieties for Common Voice (https://72h.ch/de/projektdetail?tx_seventytwohours_piprojects[project]=46&tx_seventytwohours_piprojects[action]=detail&tx_seventytwohours_piprojects[controller]=Project&cHash=97b11bd3b295b13dd18b0b97a3fa8eab) in collaboration with the youth organization Giuventetgna Rumantscha GiuRu (https://www.giuru.ch/) and the romansh umbrella organization Lia Rumantscha (http://www.liarumantscha.ch/).
At the moment there are just two varieties available on Pontoon: Sursilvan and Vallader. We have further heard that new languages won’t be accepted for the moment. But having the five varieties available is crucially important for the project. Therefore the question: Can we expect that the missing varieties will be accepted as part of the Common Voice project (soon enough to give us the needed time to translate the interface - let’s say until the 15th of december) or do we have to cancel the project?
I hope that we will be able to realize the project and contribute to Common Voice!
PS: You might wonder why such a small language as Romansh should have five varieties represented in Common Voice, while there is just one for English. Among linguistic arguments there is a practical one: A Romansh person that speaks for instance Vallader won’t be able to pronounce a sentence in Sursilvan.
For further information, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language and especially https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language#Sample_text