This post is by Dorothy Neufeld from Visual Capitalist


This bar graphic shows the status of the world's living languages.

The State of the World’s 7,168 Living Languages

What are the roots of a living language, and how many are at risk of extinction? This graphic, from Stephen Jones, CEO of Derivation.co, shows the state of living languages around the world.

Mapping Out Living Languages

Across the 7,168 living languages today, 43% are at risk of being endangered. In fact, a language dies off every 40 days. The vast majority of endangered languages are found in Indigenous communities, which risk the loss of culture and knowledge that they contain. At current rates, 90% of the world’s languages could disappear over the next 100 years. According to data from Ethnologue, languages are classified across 12 states of vitality and three broader categories:
  • Endangered: Children do not learn and use the language, it is no longer the norm.
  • Stable: A language is used in the home and community, all children learn the language, but it is not formally used in institutions.
  • Institutional: A language is used beyond the community across institutions.
Status ScaleNumber of
Languages
Percent of
Languages
Number of SpeakersState
Dormant3304.6%0Endangered
Nearly Extinct3134.4%92,217Endangered
Moribund3565.0%1,126,017Endangered
Shifting4386.1%10,867,828Endangered
Threatened1,64122.9%75,983,169Endangered
Vigorous1,96327.4%308,820,743Stable
Written1,63722.8%940,043,954Stable
Educational1692.4%284,342,572Institutional
Trade1722.4%820,230,460Institutional
Regional440.6%683,448,282Institutional
National991.4%2,232,001,096Institutional
International60.1%2,031,705,440Institutional
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