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Volume V, Issue 3   --   August, 2004


How international are we ?
Literature in translation at the complete review

- updated 22 July 2021 -



       The list below offers a breakdown of the languages in which all the works under review at the complete review were originally written; it will be updated after every batch of one hundred reviews.

       See also the discussion of How international are we ?

       Total languages represented: 82 (through review 4800).



Language of origin of books reviewed
Rank Language 1-1000 1-2000 1-3000 1-4000 1-4500 1-4600 1-4700 1-4800 per cent
1 English 681 1066 1313.5 1470 1566 1593 1620 1642 34.21
2 French 74 212 388 603 694 708 723 738 15.38
3 Spanish 41 110 205 297 330 335 342 352 7.33
4 German 50 102 161 213 256.5 262.5 267.5 272.5 5.68
5 Japanese 10 65 115.5 203.5 249.5 257.5 262.5 271.5 5.66
6 Italian 16 47 70 115 128.5 130.5 134.5 140.5 2.93
7 Dutch/Flemish 35 68 91 112 125 126 127 128 2.67
8 Arabic 0 34 80 107 115 118 120 123 2.56
9 Russian 3 19 34 69.5 84.5 86.5 86.5 89.5 1.86
10 Norwegian 0 23 44 55 75 76 78 78 1.63
11 Chinese 9 23 37 59 66 67 72 75 1.56
-- Swedish 12 21 48 65 69 70 71 75 1.56
13 Portuguese 3 19 35 51 53 57 59 60 1.25
14 Serbo-Croat.¹ 5 19 31 42 54 54 55 55 1.15
15 Korean 2 9.5 16.5 38.5 50.5 51.5 52.5 54.5 1.14
16 Hungarian 6 22 36 42 43 44 44 44 0.92
17 Polish 11 19.5 27.5 37.5 38.5 39.5 41.5 42.5 0.89
18 Persian² 15 19 31 38 41 41 41 42 0.88
19 Czech 10 13 23 34 38 38 39 40 0.83
20 Hebrew 0 10 22 33 35 35 37 38 0.79
21 Danish 1 6 10 19 22 22 25 29 0.60
-- Romanian 4 9 17 22 28 28 28 29 0.60
23 Finnish 0 10 14 19 24 26 28 28 0.58
24 Turkish 0 4 14 22 24 24 24 24 0.50
25 Icelandic 0 3 10 17 19 20 20 21 0.44
26 Sanskrit 3 6 10 13 15 18 18 18 0.38
27 Greek (mod.) 0 5 10 15 17 17 17 17 0.35
28 Afrikaans 0 1 11 14 15 15 15 15 0.31
-- Bengali 0 0 4 9 12 14 15 15 0.31
-- Catalan 0 2 8 13 13 13 13 15 0.31
-- Latin 0 0 3 4 7 9 14 15 0.31
-- Ukrainian 0 6 8 10 13 13 13 14 0.29
33 Bulgarian 0 2 8 11 13 13 13 13 0.27
-- Greek (class.) 1 3 3 4 7 11 11 13 0.27
-- Indonesian 0 1 4 12 13 13 13 13 0.27
36 Georgian 0 0 1 8 12 12 12 12 0.25
-- Hindi 0 1 2 7 11 12 12 12 0.25
-- Urdu 2 2 6 9 12 12 12 12 0.25
39 Albanian 1 4 5 7 10 10 10 10 0.21
40 Estonian 0 1 4 8 9 9 9 9 0.19
-- Slovenian 2 3 6 7 9 9 9 9 0.19
42 Kannada 0 0 0 5 5 6 6 6 0.13
-- Malayalam 1 1 3 5 6 6 6 6 0.13
-- Slovakian 0 0 4 4 6 6 6 6 0.13
45 Galician 0 0 0 4 5 5 5 5 0.10
-- Vietnamese 0 0 2 3 4 4 5 5 0.10
47 Macedonian 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 0.08
-- Telugu 0 0 3 4 4 4 4 4 0.08
-- (diverse) 0 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 0.08
50 Acholi 0 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 0.06
-- Armenian 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 3 0.06
-- Gikuyu 0 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 0.06
-- Tamil 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 0.06
-- Thai 0 0 0 2 2 3 3 3 0.06
55 Burmese 0 0 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 0.05
56 Basque 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Belarusian 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Irish 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Latvian 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0.04
-- Lithuanian 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Malay 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Nepali 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Tibetan 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0.04
-- Yiddish 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0.04
-- Yoruba 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Zulu 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0.04
67 Amharic 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Assamese 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Chaghatay T. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Faroese 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Greenlandic 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Khmer 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.02
-- Kyrgyz 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Maltese 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Marathi 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Occitan 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Sesotho 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Syriac 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.02
-- Tigrinya 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Turkmen 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Uzbek 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Welsh 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
83 Romansh 0 0 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.01

       ¹ "Serbo-Croatian" includes what are now called Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin
       ² "Persian" includes both classical and modern Persian (Farsi), as well as Dari

       Note also that some languages -- Italian, Persian, and Sanskrit -- benefit from multiple reviews of different translations of the same original text.


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