Size and vitality of Malo

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This graph summarizes the status of Malo in terms of broad categories of language size and language vitality. The vertical axis plots the estimated number of all users (including both first and second language speakers) in terms of three levels:

  • Large — The language has more than 1,000,000 users.
  • Mid-sized — The language has from 10,000 to 1,000,000 users.
  • Small — The language has fewer than 10,000 users.

The horizontal axis plots the level of vitality. The vitality levels and the color coding of the points match the scheme used in the guide on How many languages are endangered? In this scheme, the levels and colors are as follows:

  • Dark green = Institutional (EGIDS 0-4) — The language has been developed to the point that it is used and sustained by institutions beyond the home and community.
  • Light green = Stable (EGIDS 5-6a) — The language is not being sustained by formal institutions, but It is still the norm in the home and community that all children learn and use the language.
  • Red = Endangered (EGIDS 6b-9) — It is no longer the norm that children learn and use this language.
  • Black = Extinct (EGIDS 10) — The language has fallen completely out of use and no one retains a sense of ethnic identity associated with the language.

These four vitality levels have been derived by grouping levels in the Expanded Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale (EGIDS), which is the more fine-grained scale that Ethnologue uses to assess the status of every language in terms of development versus endangerment; see the Language Status page for a description of the levels of that scale. See also the pages on Development and Endangerment for more discussion.