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 Languages of the World is owned and operated by SIL International, a service organization that works with people who speak the world’s lesser-known languages to help them build capacity for sustainable language development.

Ethnologue language data: The language data you will find on this site came from the Ethnologue database. Once every four years we take a "snapshot" of the contents of the database and publish it along with language maps for many of the countries of the world. This site is an archive of previously published editions. The most recently published edition of the Ethnologue database is four elsewhere at

The Ethnologue database has been an active research project for more than fifty years. It is probably the most comprehensive listing of information about the currently known languages of the world. Thousands of linguists and other researchers all over the world rely on and have contributed to the Ethnologue database.

Language maps: We also compile information about the locations of the world's living languages and have created a set of maps which include most of the countries of the world. Each time a new edition of the Ethnologue is published, we include these maps in the printed volumes. The maps can be viewed from the continent and country pages (see individual countries) on this site.


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This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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