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Ethnologue booksWe're happy to announce that the Ethnologue, 17th edition, is now available in print.

Many people turn to the Ethnologue as their primary source for information about the state of the world's languages and we are always happy to see that this resource is valued. However, there are some uses of the Ethnologue that aren't justifiable given the nature of the data we report.

The Ethnologue continues to be widely used as a source by various media outlets and, of course, we're always happy to see the data being used.

In the 16th edition, the Ethnologue added an evaluation of the vitality status of each language using the EGIDS, our own scale. I wrote about that at length here last year.

Along with the online edition of the Ethnologue, we have been working hard here at Ethnologue Central to create a number of print and printable products for those who still prefer the feel of paper between their hands.

Last month we launched a new way for Ethnologue users to interact with the editors by adding a feedback function to the website. In the short time period since that feature was introduced a few people have found it and we have begun to receive some very helpful contributions.

In spite of some delays and a number of technical issues, I'm happy to report that the Ethnologue website you are looking at is now new and improved with the latest data (including the ISO 639-3 changes as of February 2014) and with several new features.

Well, as you can tell, we didn't make our goal of getting the updated data online by International Mother Language Day. As with many computer-based operations, we are Real Close though and expect to see not only new data but new online features in place Real Soon Now.

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