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% 1,987,892,550 28.4292 28.4292% 331,315,425 266,376,835
1 99 1.4 1.5% 2,138,077,537 30.5771 59.0063% 21,596,743 5,723,850
2 72 1.0 2.5% 741,296,550 10.6014 69.6077% 10,295,785 1,516,175
3 160 2.3 4.7% 592,924,270 8.4795 78.0872% 3,705,777 766,000
4 236 3.3 8.1% 287,855,559 4.1167 82.2039% 1,219,727 137,000
5 1,519 21.4 29.4% 740,945,562 10.5964 92.8003% 487,785 29,000
6a 2,124 29.9 59.3% 421,677,130 6.0305 98.8308% 198,530 14,000
6b 1,507 21.2 80.5% 69,607,192 0.9955 99.8263% 46,189 2,245
7 402 5.7 86.1% 10,603,181 0.1516 99.9779% 26,376 1,500
8a 364 5.1 91.3% 1,485,611 0.0212 99.9991% 4,081 235
8b 310 4.4 95.6% 59,879 0.0009 100.0000% 193 12
9 312 4.4 100.0% 0 0.0000 100.0000% 0 0
Totals 7,111 100.0 6,992,425,021 100.0000
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