Socio-demographic Characteristics: First Language Other than English
2013 found a very diverse list of languages being spoken on the playa with English being the most prolific at 87%, and the remaining 13% comprised of 70 different origins.
The top five non-English list starts with Spanish as the second most spoken language at 1.84%, followed by French at 1.78%, Russian at 1.77%, other languages – which includes 50 different languages – at 1.77%, and finally German with 1.52%.
This data shows the there was a slight increase in Russian language being used on the playa in comparison to 2012. Russian overtook German which was used more widely in 2012. Some speculate that this could be due to the art projects that were accepted from the correlating country. Further study into the relationship between art installations and the country of origin of the creators of the said projects could add some more insight to the fluctuations in languages spoken on the playa from year to year.
Wendi Corbin Goulette