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% 1,824,315,868 28.9979 28.9979% 304,052,645 335,491,748
1 96 1.4 1.4% 1,939,822,747 30.8339 59.8319% 20,206,487 6,915,000
2 68 1.0 2.4% 620,349,192 9.8606 69.6925% 9,122,782 1,236,470
3 172 2.4 4.8% 559,519,360 8.8937 78.5862% 3,253,020 712,300
4 237 3.3 8.2% 251,847,819 4.0032 82.5893% 1,062,649 117,500
5 1,598 22.5 30.7% 625,895,108 9.9488 92.5381% 391,674 25,500
6a 2,479 34.9 65.6% 402,097,895 6.3914 98.9295% 162,202 10,000
6b 1,075 15.1 80.7% 53,266,254 0.8467 99.7762% 49,550 3,000
7 456 6.4 87.1% 13,314,023 0.2116 99.9879% 29,197 1,000
8a 279 3.9 91.0% 690,457 0.0110 99.9988% 2,475 250
8b 431 6.1 97.1% 73,901 0.0012 100.0000% 171 15
9 205 2.9 100.0% 0 0.0000 100.0000% 0 0
Totals 7,102 100.0 6,291,192,624 100.0000