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% 1,910,305,410 29.3610 29.3610% 318,384,235 255,399,910
1 96 1.4 1.4% 1,944,722,578 29.8900 59.2511% 20,257,527 5,634,000
2 68 1.0 2.4% 627,218,790 9.6402 68.8913% 9,223,806 1,236,470
3 166 2.3 4.7% 584,974,240 8.9909 77.8822% 3,523,941 743,750
4 236 3.3 8.1% 252,622,839 3.8828 81.7650% 1,070,436 114,465
5 1,619 22.8 30.9% 677,113,264 10.4071 92.1721% 418,229 25,100
6a 2,462 34.7 65.6% 448,099,167 6.8872 99.0593% 182,006 10,000
6b 1,061 14.9 80.5% 50,831,670 0.7813 99.8406% 47,909 3,000
7 463 6.5 87.0% 9,535,479 0.1466 99.9872% 20,595 1,000
8a 279 3.9 91.0% 765,298 0.0118 99.9989% 2,743 250
8b 423 6.0 96.9% 70,425 0.0011 100.0000% 166 15
9 218 3.1 100.0% 0 0.0000 100.0000% 0 0
Totals 7,097 100.0 6,506,259,160 100.0000
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