September 2, 2013
by Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
When considered within all of the languages spoken today, English is a large and strong language (Each language is represented by a dot - the smaller, the fewer speakers, the larger, the greater number of speakers. See the large purple dot in the top left-hand corner? That's the population of English speakers!) Ethnologue.com color-codes it purple (the highest rank) because it "has been developed to the point that it is used and sustained by institutions beyond the home and community."
(Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). 2013. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Seventeenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International.)
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