May 07, 2005

Ethnologue: Languages of the World: Fifteenth Edition

The fifteenth edition of the Ethnologue has now been published, in both web and print versions. "The Ethnologue is an encyclopedic reference volume that catalogs all the known living languages in the world today. The Ethnologue has been an active research project for more than fifty years. Thousands of linguists and other researchers all over the world rely on and have contributed to the Ethnologue. It is widely regarded to be the most comprehensive listing of information of its kind." (excerpt from book announcement).


  • 6,912 language descriptions organized by continent and country
  • 39,491 primary names, alternate names, and dialect names
  • 208 color maps showing location and distribution of languages
  • Unique three-letter identifier for each language from the Draft International Standard ISO 639-3
  • Statistical summaries with numerical tabulations of living languages and number of speakers by continent, by language size, by language family, and by country

Browse the web version

Posted by Steven Bird at May 7, 2005 04:58 PM