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R: Re: Ethnologue.

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Friday, September 1, 2000, 10:02
B. Garcia wrote:

> CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: > >Glancing over all these ethnologue entries, I notice that most people's > >languages have over 100,000 speakers. Some have millions of speakers. I > >know that Tokana and Tepa have (or had) fewer than 30,000 speakers apiece > >(in the case of Tepa probably far fewer). Are there any other conlangs
> >the list with very small (fictional) speaker bases? > > Well, i put 70,000 as my number mostly to have a number. I'm not quite > sure if an island the size of the main island can support the majority of > the 70,000 speakers (it's about 200 miles long and probably 100 wide). > Anyone have an Idea how to figure out a realiztic number of people on an > island the size of the main island? (the smaller islands are under 30 > miles long) > >
Why not taking a look at real world? Choose the island (Philippines?), calculate the inhabitants per km2, the size of your island and match the results together. That's what I did. Luca