Malaysia

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Population
28,334,000
Principal Languages
English, Mandarin Chinese, Standard Malay, Tamil
Literacy Rate
91% (2010 UNESCO)
Immigrant Languages
Eastern Panjabi (56,400), Malayalam (35,800), Rohingya (100,000), Sinhala (1,640), Sylheti, Telugu (39,000), Western Cham (12,000)
Deaf Population
29,500
Deaf Institutions
5
General References
Boutin 1986; Boutin and Boutin 1985; Hudson 1978; King and King 1984; Kroeger 1985, 1986; Moody and Walton 1984; Omar 1983; Prentice 1971, 1987; Rensch 2006; Rensch et al. 2006; Salleh 2006; Soriente 2005; Wurm and Hattori 1981
Language Counts
The number of individual languages listed for Malaysia is 140. Of these, 138 are living and 2 are extinct. Of the living languages, 11 are institutional, 6 are developing, 5 are vigorous, 101 are in trouble, and 15 are dying.