Minority Language Use On The Internet Booming
from the that's-a-deal-in-any-language dept
The Guardian's Onlineblog points to some stats on the languages spoken by internet users, and comes to the conclusion that English's dominance on the Web is quickly being "eroded", implying Chinese as the culprit, even though its percentage has remained pretty static over the past 9 months or so, like all the other languages in the top ten, apart from English, whose percentage dropped nearly 4 points. The real growth is in languages outside the top ten, the percentage of which is up 6% over the period, with nearly 20 percent of internet users speaking one of these less popular languages. The catch to these numbers, though, is that they just measure languages spoken by people, but appear to only allow people to be counted once -- so if somebody speaks both French and English, they're only counted as speaking one or the other. So, apart from the usual caveats associated with statistics, bear that in mind. But the numbers do seem to illustrate that the pool of net users is expanding geographically and culturally around the world.