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These electronic versions of Ethnologue: Languages of the World, and the SIL Bibliography are intended for non-commercial scholarly research and educational use. You may make copies of portions of these documents for research or educational purposes in accordance with the SIL Fair Use Guidelines free of charge and without further permission.

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Terms of Use for Language Code Download Tables

In the interest of fostering the use of ISO/DIS 639-3 for the uniform identification of all the world's languages in information systems, SIL International releases certain information from the Ethnologue database for use in the development of information systems, specifically, information that describes language identifiers in terms of alternate names and countries where spoken. You are welcome to download the information as provided and incorporate the supplied tables into your own database application. You are also authorized to make that application available to the public, provided that you:

SIL International periodically updates the supplied information, and intends this site to be the sole distribution source in order to ensure uniformity of versions. You are not authorized to redistribute the downloadable code tables, whether in the exact form they were obtained from this site or in a modified form you have developed, without the written consent of SIL International.

Terms of Use for Maps

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