280 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Language Demography presents, exemplifies, and develops linguistic concepts involved in demography and the demographic concepts involved in sociolinguistics.

    The first introductory guide of its kind, it is presented in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. The book includes numerous examples of the sources and types of data used in this field, as well as the various factors affecting language demography. Taking a global perspective supported by examples, it gives explanations of how demolinguistic analyses are performed and their main applications in relation to minority and majority languages.

    Language Demography will be of interest to students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, from linguistics and modern languages to sociology, anthropology, and human geography.


    1. Demography and Demolinguistics

    Demolinguistics and Geodemolinguistics

    Demolinguistics and Geography

    Denominations for Demolinguistics

    The Precursors of Demolinguistics



    2. Linguistics for Demographers

    Fundamental Linguistic Concepts

    Geographic Considerations

    Psychosocial Considerations

    Social and Ethnic Considerations

    Language Vitality



    3. Demography for Linguists


    Composition of the Population

    Population Distribution

    Demographic Changes


    From Facts to Theories



    4. Demolinguistic Data and Sources



    Administrative Registers



    International and Digital Sources

    Encyclopedias, Catalogs, and Other Sources



    5. Demolinguistic Factors

    Speakers and Their Communities

    Speaker Profiles

    Explanatory Factors



    6. Demolinguistic Analyses

    Objectives and Levels of Demolinguistic Analysis

    Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

    The Statistical Elements of Demography

    Errors, Biases, and Changes in Criteria

    Graphical Representations



    7. Applications of Demolinguistics

    Ethnic, Local, and Social Minority Languages

    Immigrant Minority Languages

    Regional and National Languages

    Transnational Majority Languages





    Francisco Moreno-Fernández is Alexander von Humboldt Professor at Heidelberg University, Germany, Director of the Center for Ibero-American Studies, and honorary Research Professor at the University of Alcalá, Spain. He is a full member of the Academia Europaea and the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, and a corresponding member of the Cuban, Mexican, and Chilean academies of language, as well as the Real Academia Española. He directed the Cervantes Institute centers in São Paulo and Chicago. He was academic director of the Instituto Cervantes (Madrid) and director of the Observatory of Spanish and Hispanic Cultures of the Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University, USA.