Languages and Cultures

How many different languages are there?

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2011-09-13 01:42:55

There are about 6900 known languages worldwide. For more

information, see the link below. Keep in mind many of these are

variations of one another and some are only spoken by a handful of

people.

There's a problem with this, though. The distinction between a

language and a dialect is abitrary. There are no scientific

criteria, and the decision whether to call a variety of language a

dialect or something more impressive is socio-political, not

linguistic.

The number of languages will change depending on your criteria

for a language. For example, french is spoken in Canada and France,

but a frenchman and french Canadian will have great trouble

communicating because they speak very different versions of French.

Every minute the number of languages change because either speakers

of one uncommon language die, or a child who will learn to use

language in a different way than his/her parents is born.


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