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Why are there some countries without a language map?

Some countries have no language map(s) for one or more of the following reasons:

1. All the languages are widespread throughout the whole country.

2. There is only one language spoken in the country.

3. The data available to us is not reliable enough to publish.

4. Map production is underway for the country but has not yet been completed.

Previously, SIL bibliographic references were listed for each language displayed on the language entry page. They are no longer there in this new edition. Where are they now, and will they be added to the new website?

The Ethnologue is published by SIL and so Ethnologue.com and SIL.org were tied together in some interesting ways in the past.  In creating the new sites (SIL has a new site too if you have not seen it – www.sil.org), some features were moved from the Ethnologue.com site to SIL.org.  These resources are now hosted at SIL.org as they are SIL publications.  Including them on Ethnologue.com was a source of confusion for some.

When will the next edition of the Ethnologue be published? Is it still once every four years?

In the past, new editions of the Ethnologue were published every four years.  Beginning with this edition (17th), we will release a new edition online in the spring of each year with a range of printed volumes following.