Endangerment Category


A motto that we have around here at Ethnologue Central is that we aim to provide language information that is Clear, Concise, and Comprehensive (and, if you need another alliterative item, Correct, of course). Those goals don't always align easily. Sometimes by being concise, we lose clarity.

Almost daily now we see headlines about migrants who are fleeing the violence in Syria and who are making their way into Europe and elsewhere with the hope that they might find safety in a better place.

In response to last month's Ethnoblog post, a reader commented that the topic of language extinction and the way Ethnologue reports on it is confusing.

There is a growing body of evidence that linguistic diversity and biological diversity are linked. A recent publication from Conservation International examines some of that evidence. The volume, authored by L. J.

We've mentioned before how some scholars are making use of the Ethnologue, but a major report on the state of global internet connectivity from Internet.org, a consortium with Facebook at the lead, is one of the first to make extensive u

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.

I’ve talked quite a bit here about the EGIDS, the scale we’ve developed for the Ethnologue that provides us with a way to evaluate the status of a language’s vitality.  The EGIDS was designed to give us a shorthand way to categorize something that is extremely complex.  We don’t conside

In the first posting to this blog, I mentioned that one of the new features of this edition of the Ethnologue (17th) is the addition of a status category for each language.