Thursday, August 16, 2012

The State of Linguistic Diversity

The Earth’s population of seven billion people speaks roughly 7,000 languages, a statistic that would seem to offer each living language a healthy one million speakers, if things were equitable. In language, as in life, things aren’t. Seventy-eight percent of the world’s population speaks the 85 largest languages, while the 3,500 smallest languages share a mere 8.25 million speakers. . .  some 85 percent of languages have yet to be documented.
From National Geographic.

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