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Language cloud position of Yagua

Thomas E. Payne, Sat, 2016-09-10 08:57
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Your primary listing for Yagua lists the population as 5,690 speakers with 2000 monolinguals. This was the approximate population in 1983 when we did our research there. At this point, I'm sure it is much lower -- especially the figure for monolinguals. However, even assuming these numbers are correct, the "language cloud" position of Yagua seriously misrepresents the population, hence the EGIDS score. It shows the population as being about 10,000, resulting in an EGIDS status of 6b (threatened). This should to be lowered to about 5000 to more accurately reflect the endangered status of this language. I estimate (though I have no proof) that there are no complete monolinguals at this point. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Tom Payne

Editorial Action

We will update the L1 speaker population and the monolingual population (to zero) for Yagua [yad] in the 20th edition database of the Ethnologue.