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how many languages are speaking in the world?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The answer was not known to me and the more I went for details in different web sites, the more confused I became. Now it is your turn to get confused if you have time to read the full information given hereunder:

    How many languages are spoken in the world? WorldReference.com in their web site http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=14... inform:

    In the world, at the present time, are spoken about five thousand languages and dialects, and eight hundred fifty are practiced in India. The most spoken language, according to the number of people that practice it (700 millions) is north Chinese, so called Mandarin, followed by English, spoken by 330 million people. Then Spanish appears to be spoken by more than 300 million people.

    The most complex language is Chippewa, spoken by Indians from the state of Minnesota, in the United States of America. Its difficulty is related to the almost endless list of verbal constructs, more than six thousand.

    As you can expect, nobody can even think of being able to speak all languages. According to neurophysiologists, our brain is qualified to learn twenty or twenty-five languages at the same time. Cardinal Mezzofanti who was born in 1774 and died in 1849, dominated about 26-28 languages. Mr. George Henry Schmidt who was the chairman of the Department of Terminology of the United Nations spoke thirty one languages fluently.

    According to Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages ) 864.

    According to the leading world lingustics school (SIL)( http://www.ethnologue.com/bibliography.asp ) over 2000.

    As per Infoplease  http://www.infoplease.com/askeds/many-spoken-langu...

    There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.

    The most popular language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.

    More than you might have thought. As given in : http://www.lsadc.org/info/pdf_files/howmany.pdf

    When people are asked how many languages they think there are in the world, the answers vary quite a bit. One random sampling of New Yorkers, for instance, resulted in answers like “probably several hundred.” However we choose to count them, though, this is not close. When we look at reference works, we find estimates that have escalated over time. The 1911 (11th) edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, for example, implies a figure somewhere around 1,000, a number that climbs steadily over the course of the twentieth century. That is not due to any increase in the number of languages, but rather to our increased understanding of how many languages are actually spoken in areas that had previously been underdescribed. Much pioneering work in documenting the languages of the world has been done by missionary organizations (such as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) with an interest in translating the Christian Bible. As of 1997, at least a portion of the Bible had been translated into 2,197 different languages, still a long way short of full coverage. The most extensive catalog of the world’s lan- *With contributions from David Harrison, Laurence Horn, Rafaella Zanuttini and David Lightfoot guages, generally taken to be as authoritative as any, is that of the Ethnologue organization (http://www.ethnologue.com), whose detailed classified list currently includes 6,809 distinct languages. A family is a group of languages that can be shown

    to be genetically related to one another. The bestknown languages are those of the Indo-European

    family, to which English belongs. Considering how widely the Indo-European languages are distributed geographically, and their influence in world affairs, one might assume that a good proportion of the world’s languages belong to this family. That is not the case, however: there are about 200 Indo-European languages, but even ignoring the many cases in which a language’s genetic affiliation cannot be clearly determined, there are undoubtedly more families of languages (about 250) than there are members of the Indo-European family.

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  • rosson
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    4 years ago

    chinese language Mandarin has approximately 2 billion community audio equipment it is the main interior the international. English is the main huge unfold language from Britain to the US to Australia. Spanish is likewise on par with English through fact the language with the 2d best community inhabitants interior the international.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The total number of languages in the world is between 5,000 and 10,000,

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  • AVD
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    1 decade ago

    None of them speak themselves...but we as people do however speak 6912 languages in total.

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