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% 1,960,112,910 28.9197 28.9197% 326,685,485 266,085,025
1 98 1.4 1.5% 2,031,258,307 29.9693 58.8890% 20,727,126 5,974,520
2 73 1.0 2.5% 694,250,460 10.2430 69.1320% 9,510,280 1,300,000
3 165 2.3 4.8% 644,797,140 9.5134 78.6454% 3,907,861 754,250
4 238 3.4 8.2% 274,947,282 4.0566 82.7020% 1,155,241 137,000
5 1,590 22.4 30.6% 678,229,919 10.0067 92.7087% 426,560 25,000
6a 2,446 34.5 65.0% 419,782,092 6.1935 98.9022% 171,620 10,000
6b 1,088 15.3 80.4% 62,740,183 0.9257 99.8278% 57,666 3,000
7 471 6.6 87.0% 10,509,123 0.1551 99.9829% 22,312 1,000
8a 265 3.7 90.7% 1,095,651 0.0162 99.9990% 4,135 250
8b 412 5.8 96.5% 64,986 0.0010 100.0000% 158 12
9 245 3.5 100.0% 0 0.0000 100.0000% 0 0
Totals 7,097 100.0 6,777,788,053 100.0000
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