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Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 18:59:39 UTC 2015


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From: Edmund Aunger <eaunger at ualberta.ca>
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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:05:30 -0600
Subject: Re: [lg policy] Map of second most-spoken languages in the world

Displaying each country's second most-spoken language is an excellent idea.
Unfortunately, in this instance, the results are marred by a flawed
methodology and unreliable data.

Among the most flagrant problems is the confusion between spoken language,
mother tongue and official language.

For example, although French is Canada's second most-spoken language, the
map mistakenly lists Chinese. French is excluded, we are told, because it
is an official language. Yet French is listed as Switzerland's second
most-spoken language even though, here too, it is an official language.

Ed



Edmund A. Aunger
Professeur émérite en sciences politiques
University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean
Edmonton (Alberta) T6C 4G9
téléphone: 780-465-8759
télécopieur: 780-465-8760
Web: www.ualberta.ca/~eaunger/


2015-06-09 8:34 GMT-06:00 Harold Schiffman <hfsclpp at gmail.com>:

> Here's an interesting site: a link to a  map of the second most-spoken
> languages in the world.
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> http://graduate.olivet.edu/news-events/news/second-most-spoken-languages-around-world
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