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"Language" in "Country"

Language designations:

  • In the language itself: language name
  • ISO 639-3 standard: language's ISO 639-3-code

Language vitality according to:

UNESCO Ethnologue Endangered Languages
Unesco's vitality score EGIDS' language status Languages Endangerment Index

Linguistic aspects:

  • Classification: language familylanguage group. For more information, see language resource at Glottolog at Glottolog
  • Script: script used to write the language

Language standardization

Is there a standardized orthography in use? Which institution maintains this orthography?


Language Area

Give a short description of the area where the language is spoken, and which dialects exist. If available, upload an image of a map, illustrating where the language is spoken. See Adding audio, video or pictures for more information.

Describe what the map shows, and give credits to the creator of the map if necessary.

Speaker numbers

If you wish to provide many data concerning speaker numbers, please consider presenting these in tables. Refer to Creating tables for more information.

Education of the language

History of language education:

Please describe the history of the language's presence in:

  • the country's school system;
  • published, broadcasted, or online learning resources.

Legislation of language education

Please describe legislation concerning education of the language. Distinguish between different levels of legislation. For instance, legislation concerning Aragonese language education in Aragon (Spain) is affected by:

Questions that may be discussed in this section:

  • Does the language enjoy some sort of official status?
  • Does the law prescribe that the language is taught in school?
  • Does the law prescribe some form of institutional support - in the form of universities, teacher training facilities?

Bodies controlling enforcement of educational laws:

Describe whether there are bodies that determine whether the legislation concerning language education is actually put into practice.

Education in practice

Describe how education of the language works out in practice:

  • In which education levels is the language taught (primary, secondary, adult, etc)?
  • How many hours per week?
  • In how many schools / to how many pupils?
  • What school systems with respect to multilingualism are there (bilingual, trilingual)?
  • Are there sufficient qualified teachers and quality learning resources inside and outside of school?
  • What level of competence do students reach?

Can you say anything about to what extent education of the language helps to preserve it:

  • Do students use the language outside of school?
  • Does the fact that the language is being taught in school add to its prestige, and the speakers' self esteem?

Feel free to structure your information using chapter headings, e.g.:

Multilingual school systems:

Learning resources and educational institutions

Please mention, point-by-point, institutions that provide language education, teacher training, or that develop learning materials. You can also include broadcasting services or publishing houses. In addition you can provide links to online learning resources.

Mercator's Regional Dossier:

If there is a Mercator Regional Dossier about the language in this country, please provide a link below:

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