Template talk:Distribution of languages in the world

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Yukaghir is here marked as Tungusic. This is false. Yukaghir is thought to be possibly related to Uralic languages, but should be indicated as Paleo-Siberian. - (talk) 10:04, 21 January 2010 (UTC)


Why is Suriname marked "Dutch"? Most people there speak Sranan Tongo or Sarnami as a native language. Is Guyana marked Dutch or Amerindian? Guyana should also be marked Guyanese Creole and Mauritius as Mauritian Creole. saɪm duʃan Talk|Contribs 10:09, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Isabella color[edit]

Please make the color of Slavic languages different. That yellowish hue seems to me like an ocean. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:34, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Where does one find yellow oceans?  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  19:10, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Problem with the map[edit]

I do not get a horizontal scrollbar to see the right side of the map. I am using IE8 — Preceding unsigned comment added by N2271 (talkcontribs) 13:38, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

This is still the case. Molinari (talk) 14:15, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

Data Sources...[edit]

Where exactly is the supporting data, for the language mapping, located?

I am particularly interested in what portion of the US (California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas or Florida) states speak Spanish. I believe this map might be incorrect.

Please cite your data source and census studies. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:39, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

This is clearly only intended a rough overview, not as exact science; consider the smooth lines. It doesn't even give a date for what year or historical period it is supposed to depict. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 13:11, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Legend Colors[edit]

The legend colors below the image are way off. It indicates that German and English are Romantic, and that French and Spanish are either Germanic or Greek. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:38, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

many... MANY languages are miss-named[edit]

Can't help but notice how no one cares about how many... MANY languages are miss-named. I'm not sure how to edit the template, but I think now would be a good time to start a list. I'll post three to start.

  1. nihongo (japanese)
  2. pŭtōnghuà (mandarin)
  3. guăngdōnghuà (cantonese)

Lostubes (talk) 23:57, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

See Exonym and endonym. This is the English-language Wikipedia, and in English the Japanese language is called Japanese and not nihongo (which doesn't even match English spelling rules, as it starts with a lower-case letter). --Florian Blaschke (talk) 13:08, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Odd biases; needs inclusion criteria[edit]

Many fairly major (especially Romance and Germanic) languages of Western Europe are missing (albeit hard to fit in there), while Cornish is listed, even though it's not a proper language, but a revived one pursued by hobbyists, and extinct for several centuries as a language in actual daily use by a population. Numerous still-spoken indigenous North American languages are also absent. Haven't looked in detail at the rest for similar problems, but there are many languages in India, and at a glance I don't see many listed. Something like this needs inclusion criteria based, probably, on some cutoff number of remaining, native speakers, perhaps even monoglot speakers if we want it to be a simplistic overview.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  19:07, 14 October 2015 (UTC)


The colors in the map and the legend don't match and some languages in the map don't even appear in the legend. Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 09:04, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Southern Labrador[edit]

Although it has many historic French place names, French is not spoken on the southern coast of Labrador as shown on the map. English is also the primary language in the far lower north shore region of Quebec that is adjacent to the southern Labrador coast. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:143:8002:33F0:3C01:F5:A63A:7B8B (talk) 20:57, 30 July 2016 (UTC)