The purpose of the Ethnologue Global Dataset is to make it possible for researchers to replicate the statistical summaries that are published in Ethnologue (see http://www.ethnologue.com/ statistics) and to use data from Ethnologue in their own analyses. Most of the information published in Ethnologue is in the form of textual comments that are not amenable to statistical analysis; these fields of information are specifically not included in the dataset. This dataset contains only data fields with simple values (like booleans, numbers, categories) that can be submitted to statistical analysis. The data are distributed as three tables in the ubiquitous tab-delimited file format that can be loaded into virtually any spreadsheet, database, or other data analysis tool.
Ethnologue Global Dataset