The World’s Languages in Maps and Charts
Washington Post published a list of maps and charts that list various characteristics of the world’s linguistic landscape.
Here are some interesting takeaways:
Asia (2,301 languages) and Africa (2,138) lead the world in terms of language diversity.
Chinese dwarfs all other languages in terms of number of native speakers, but Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali speakers are growing at a fast rate.
Most linguistic diversity is observed in sub-Saharan Africa.
English is the lingua franca across most of the globe.
In terms of how many countries speak it….
…in how many countries it is an official language…
…and how many learners it attracts.
About 50% of the world’s languages (regardless of size) are endangered.