Updates and Corrections


New and updated editions of the Ethnologue are published on a regular basis. Although this edition contains nearly 60,000 updates and corrections from the previous one, this edition makes no claims for completeness. While we aim for accuracy, advancing knowledge from ongoing research and the continuously changing situations of the 7,106 known living languages of the world inevitably lead to inaccuracies and discrepancies. We welcome corrections and current information that will improve both the accuracy and the completeness of the data.

Language additions or deletions. Requests for the addition of a previously unidentified language or for other modifications to the inventory of identified languages should be made directly to the ISO 639-3 Registrar since it is the editorial policy of Ethnologue to follow the ISO 639-3 standard when determining the inventory of languages to be listed. Go to the ISO 639-3 website at http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/ and click on “Submitting change requests” to find the change request form and the filing instructions.

Corrections. If you believe any of the information about a language is in error, send your proposed change to the editor using one of the addresses given below. Please provide as much information as possible about the source of your information. Full bibliographic details of published sources are especially helpful.

The submitter of any correction can expect to receive an initial acknowledgment from the Managing Editor of the Ethnologue. Our staff will then seek to verify the proposed change before it is accepted. This process may take months as it generally involves making enquiries of individuals who are resident in the country or region where the language is spoken. These persons may in turn make enquiries of others or consult published materials in order to perform the verification. While we make every effort to inform the submitter of the results of our research and verification, we cannot guarantee that a report of the outcome will be sent in every case. Corrections, even after they are accepted and entered in our database, will only appear online or in print when the next edition of the Ethnologue is released.


Submit corrections and additions by e-mail to:


Or by post to:

Editor, Ethnologue
SIL International
7500 West Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75236, U.S.A.