How many languages are there in the world?
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I have had this question in my mind for a very long time. I know it is easier for us to Google and get all the information about the number of languages in the world but when I was a kid the internet wasn’t as learned as it is now.
Definition of Language
There are more than 200 countries in the world and each of these countries have had civilization that started millions of years ago.
With each civilization a new language has been created and as these civilizations go on to become tribes, clans, kingdoms, empires and later on they formed into countries. Each of these countries has several languages and each language has several accents and dialects that are unique to a particular territory and region.
Now in at the end of 2019 the world’s population has reached almost 7.7 Billion and it is growing faster each day and this has made it a really great time to see the changes, the evolution, merging and the different changes in the languages people use today.
Now let us come to the topic at hand, the most important part of this article “How many languages are there in the world?”
How many languages are there in the world in 2019?
Some sources say that there are more than 7,111 languages in the world.
A few websites mention that there are at least 6,500 languages in the world
People say that there are more than 1,000 languages in the world that are spoken and used now.
Confused? Well, that’s the correct answer and there is no correct answer when you ask the number of languages spoken or written right now in the world.
Over the years linguists and researchers have been documenting languages and each year the list is growing bigger and bigger. Just a few years back the language count was less than 5,000 but with the kind of work that the researchers have been doing new languages are being listed and the list is growing bigger and bigger.
It must be noted that the list is not complete yet as there are tribes in the Amazon and in different forests and islands that have no contact and most of these tribes have not been documented. It will be a few more years until we get to know the exact number of languages that exist in the world.