Marcus Malabad wrote:
Oh yep, Mats, this one is a treasure trove of info on all the languages that exist on this planet. All five thousand of them or thereabouts.
.... Each language, and all the known dialects however obscure, is described. The statistical information is outdated (by about 5-6 years) and many dialects, I'm sure, have already passed into obscurity or extinction but the descriptions are comprehensive.
The Ethnologue has been an ongoing project ever since I remember working in the area of Linguistics (the past 15 years) and is constantly being updated with a significant amount of input coming from a few thousand full-time linguists and field workers with the Summer Institute of Linguistics.
I recall the Ethnologue editor contacting me 10 years ago with a draft copy of the creole section of and asking me to participate in updating the references for the creole languages I was working on.
If you find errors in the Ethnologue with regard to information stats or references, just send them an email and they will update their database.
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