R: Re: Ethnologue.
|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 conlangson
> >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.