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World of Languages Infographic

Postby tangleweeds » Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:03 pm

I wasn't able to search the old forum to see if anyone had posted this yet, but I thought it was interesting.

http://imgur.com/VNJDpTR
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Re: World of Languages Infographic

Postby AlexTG » Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:54 am

What's with the German section? Austria doesn't exist? I really hope they didn't merge it into Germany! Switzerland only has 700,000 speakers?
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Re: World of Languages Infographic

Postby Serpent » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:02 am

Maybe the 0.7 is for Swiss German only?
Also some sloppy logic in colouring different parts of the world...
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Re: World of Languages Infographic

Postby daegga » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:31 am

From Wiki about Switzerland:
In 2011, the languages most spoken at home among permanent residents aged 15 and older were: Swiss German (4,027,917, or 61.1%); French (1,523,094, 23.1%); Standard German (637,439, 9.7%); Italian (545,274, 8.2%); Ticinese and Grisons (107,973, 1.6%); Romansh (37,490, 0.57%); and English (278,407, 4.2%).

They only seem to count "Standard German spoken at home". Austria does not have a significant population doing that, except maybe if you count Viennese as Standard German.

The entry for Standard German in Austria is just weird and probably a relic of wrongly saved data:
[deu] Vorarlberg state. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1929, Constitution, Article 8), constitution reinstated 1945. Dialects: Kärntnerisch. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, High German, German, Middle German, East Middle German


This methodology is of course very weird and I don't think all the other counts of native speakers make a distinction between standard language and dialect.
Oh - and the data seems to be rather old. 7.2 billion people on Earth "now" and the data can be from census dating more than 8 years back (ok, for German it's the 2012 census).
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Re: World of Languages Infographic

Postby AlexTG » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:46 am

daegga wrote:From Wiki about Switzerland:
In 2011, the languages most spoken at home among permanent residents aged 15 and older were: Swiss German (4,027,917, or 61.1%); French (1,523,094, 23.1%); Standard German (637,439, 9.7%); Italian (545,274, 8.2%); Ticinese and Grisons (107,973, 1.6%); Romansh (37,490, 0.57%); and English (278,407, 4.2%).

They only seem to count "Standard German spoken at home". Austria does not have a significant population doing that, except maybe if you count Viennese as Standard German.

Ah that explains it. Very strange choice considering Chinese and Arabic dialects are placed together in unifying categories. Cool map though overall. I especially like it for being able to compare visually subgroups between languages eg Anglophone Canadians vs Francophone Canadians, you can see how although there are more Anglophones, Francophones have a bigger relative presence within their language.
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