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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 an earlier post I mentioned a new category of information, Status,  in which we provide a measure of the state of endangerment or development of each language using the

The Ethnologue deals with the languages of the world, so it would seem to be important that we be able to say what we mean when we refer to "a language." What is a language?  Well, Webster has 14 different definitions of the noun, not counting two for "language" as a verb (I language, you la

We sometimes are asked for information about a language or we see a language mentioned in the news and, of course, we go to the Ethnologue to see if it is listed and what we have to say about it.

Sign languages are not in the same category as all the other languages in Ethnologue, people say to me. What is the reason they are included right along with spoken languages?