Languages Category


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.

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

As Christians begin the celebration of Advent, the time when we remember the birth of Jesus, few of us (except us language geeks) are prone to pause to think about what languages were used for all of the words--announcements, responses to those announcements, proclamations, praises, threats, and

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