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Nearly extinct languages

516 of the languages listed in the Ethnologue are classified as nearly extinct. They are classified in this way when "only a few elderly speakers are still living." The entries below give just the known population information. Click on "More information" to see the full entry for the language.

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Africa

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

Ethiopia

Guinea

Kenya

Nigeria

Somalia

South Africa

Tanzania


The Americas

Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Ecuador

El Salvador

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Peru

Suriname

USA

Venezuela


Asia

Afghanistan

India

Indonesia (Kalimantan)

Indonesia (Maluku)

Indonesia (Papua)

Indonesia (Sumatra)

Israel

Japan

Laos

Malaysia (Peninsular)

Malaysia (Sarawak)

Nepal

Philippines

Russia (Asia)

Taiwan

Thailand

Uzbekistan

Viet Nam


Europe

Czech Republic

Germany

Greece

Latvia

Lithuania

Norway

Poland

Russia (Europe)

Sweden


The Pacific

Australia

Micronesia

New Caledonia

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Solomon Islands

Vanuatu