Health and Medicine Question #3595

Katlin, a 14 year old female from Springville, NY asks on September 6, 2006,

How many languages are there in the world?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on September 6, 2006

According to Ethnologue, there are 6,912 living languages in the world. Of those, 2,261 have writing systems. The rest are only spoken. The vast majority of different languages are concentrated in tropical countries or in countries with large populations such as India. You can learn about the world's languages at Ethnologue's language index.

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