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% 1,936,239,530 29.1469 29.1469% 322,706,588 262,786,210
1 91 1.3 1.4% 1,994,495,314 30.0238 59.1707% 21,917,531 6,573,985
2 81 1.1 2.5% 679,895,369 10.2347 69.4055% 8,393,770 1,301,400
3 164 2.3 4.8% 608,272,920 9.1565 78.5620% 3,708,981 700,000
4 234 3.3 8.1% 274,708,820 4.1353 82.6973% 1,173,969 117,500
5 1,601 22.6 30.7% 667,724,393 10.0515 92.7488% 417,067 25,500
6a 2,455 34.6 65.2% 409,394,408 6.1628 98.9115% 166,759 10,000
6b 1,082 15.2 80.5% 61,089,371 0.9196 99.8311% 56,460 3,000
7 465 6.6 87.0% 10,371,791 0.1561 99.9873% 22,305 1,075
8a 267 3.8 90.8% 777,202 0.0117 99.9990% 2,911 255
8b 436 6.1 96.9% 68,397 0.0010 100.0000% 157 14
9 217 3.1 100.0% 0 0.0000 100.0000% 0 0
Totals 7,099 100.0 6,643,037,515 100.0000
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