Summary by language status

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Table 4 summarizes the distribution of languages in the world by their status in terms of language development or language endangerment. The EGIDS column categorizes the languages by their level on the EGIDS scale. Consult Language Status for a description of the levels in the scale.

The next six columns are as in Table 2. In addition, the Mean column gives the average population of all the languages with the given EGIDS level and the Median column gives the median population for the languages at that level, that is, half of the languages at that level have a higher population and half have a lower population. If there are any languages with an unknown population, these are ignored in the calculation of the mean and the median.

Table 4. Distribution of world languages by vitality status

EGIDSLiving languagesNumber of speakers CountPercentCumulativeTotalPercentCumulativeMeanMedian 0   6 0.1 0.1% 1,839,439,858 29.2173 29.2173% 306,573,310 335,148,868 1   95 1.3 1.4% 1,950,647,667 30.9837 60.2011% 20,533,133 6,915,000 2   69 1.0 2.4% 703,103,562 11.1680 71.3691% 10,189,907 1,300,000 3   175 2.5 4.9% 553,839,750 8.7971 80.1662% 3,164,799 684,000 4   215 3.0 7.9% 159,717,369 2.5369 82.7031% 742,871 123,000 5   1,563 22.0 29.9% 616,297,678 9.7892 92.4923% 394,304 27,000 6a   2,549 35.9 65.7% 403,200,700 6.4044 98.8966% 158,180 10,000 6b   1,055 14.8 80.6% 55,965,859 0.8890 99.7856% 53,048 3,000 7   464 6.5 87.1% 12,705,302 0.2018 99.9874% 27,382 1,080 8a   288 4.1 91.2% 721,897 0.0115 99.9988% 2,507 270 8b   424 6.0 97.1% 72,549 0.0012 100.0000% 171 15 9   203 2.9 100.0% 0 0.0000 100.0000% 0 0 Totals   7,106 100.0 6,295,712,191 100.0000