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number of languages in the world
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Dec 26, 2005

I thought it would be appropriate to create a thread just about how many languages exist in the world, where forum participants can provide references to information on this topic.

Article at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) website, which contains many references:
How Many Languages Are There in the World?

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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
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according to

This site is fascinating when it comes to lesser known languages.

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Miguel Colina
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There are approximately 6,912 languages in the world. Dec 27, 2005

According to the Etnologue Organization (, there are approximately 6,912 languages in the world. For a very interesting article regarding the difficulties that arise in obtaining a true count of the number of languages in the world please visit the following web site:

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Miguel Mariano Colina De Vivero, MIEEE

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Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
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Words of the world Dec 28, 2005

Abram de Swaan wrote an interesting (though not exhaustive) book about the languages of the world and their connections: Words of the world - The Global Language System.

Take a look here:

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