Literacy in the Ethnologue
How the Ethnologue can be of value to a literacy worker.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World is a valuable resource with more than 6,900 languages listed by primary name and country. Brief descriptions include the estimated literacy rate for each country. In the case of some language groups (for example, those in Peru) the literacy rates are given for both the first language and the second language.
The literacy practitioner will find, in some cases, that the Ethnologue provides information particularly important to those interested in a certain language group or country. That additional information may cover:
- bilingualism and bilingual education,
- whether a dictionary and grammar have been produced and
- the viability of the language.
Also, alternate names for a particular language group are given which are helpful in tracking that group when researching the cultural and literacy history of any given language in the world.