Lenguas y culturas - Langues et cultures - Languages and Cultures.

RESULTADOS 8/2021– RÉSULTATS 8/2021 – RESULTS 8/2021 - RESULTADOS 8/2021

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W.Conn. : percentage of speakers of that language connected to the Internet related to total speakers connected to the Internet
W. Pop.   : percentage of speakers of that language related to the total world L1+L2 population
L. Conn.  : percentage of L1+L2 speakers of that language who are connected to the Internet
REST      : represents the results for the full set of all languages ​​of the world except the 15 languages ​​listed in the table

As shown in 2017, the commendable effort of W3Techs to offer daily updated figures for contents is biased at many different levels (the strongest but not unique being the lack of consideration of multilingualism and the fact that most multilingual websites including English are probably computed as English only). This source projects values for English contents in the Web which are extremely exaggerated (above 50% whereas the reality is probably today below 25%).

The lack of sources fuels the myth in the media that more than half of websites are in English. This was the case between 2007 and 2009 (see UNESCO), but since the exponential growth of Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Turkish, Bengali, Vietnamese, Urdu, Persian and Marathi, to name new languages in the first 20 ranks and together weighting close to 28% of contents, has radically changed the situation and English represents today only a quarter of the contents. Between 2000 and 2007, the myth was that English occupied 80% of the Web and it finally disappeared after 2009 and a presence of English in the Web around 50% was the accepted figure.

How come English would have kept stable at 50% during the 14 last years while the Internet has been changing radically its demography and the number of connected English speakers (L1+L2) has decreased from 32% of the total of connected persons in 2007 to only 13% today?

English remains the first language of the Web in terms of power but the proportion are changing drastically. Chinese is now the language with more connected speakers. In terms of power, Spanish has a solid third place, followed by French and Hindi, and a group of 5 languages share close position after that : Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, German and Japanese.

As for the indicators independant of the number of speakers (capacity and gradient) the languages of countries rated high in Information Society parameters are leading : Hebrew, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, German and Danish.

The most connected speakers are Danish, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch, Swiss German and Finnish.

All the results for the 132 languages of the study and full description of methodology can be read in the document below in Eglish, French, Portugues or Spanish.






NEW 9/2021 : RESULTS FOR 330 LANGUAGES WITH L1 > 1 Million plus update of the input data from ITU and World Bank on persons connected per country



New languages appearing high in capacity and gradient macro-indicators : Norwegian, Estonian, Catalan, Slovene and Macedonian


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