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.

I've been away from Ethnologue Central for several weeks now, not exactly on holiday, but certainly having a wonderfully productive time.  Most of this extended trip has involved significant events related to the Ethnologue.

Last month, I talked about the whiz bang process we use to transform the data we have locked away in our database into the printed volumes that you can order from your favorite bookseller.

Sometime in the next few weeks the Ethnologue 18th edition print volumes should become available through your preferred bookseller.

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, a consortium with Facebook at the lead, is one of the first to make extensive u

In recognition of International Mother Language Day, we are happy to be able to update the Ethnologue to its 18th edition.

After the holiday break, Ethnologue Central has burst into a flurry of activity.  Here are some of the things that we are working on.


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