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How many languages!

How many languages exist in the world? Ask this question on the street and you will receive a range of answers. From my own experience the answers were in the hundreds, but the answer is actually in the thousands.

However, there is currently no exact count of the number of languages. The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language states that estimates of total living languages in the world vary from 3,000 to 10,000.

Part of the problem is with the definition of a language as there are also many dialects and variations of the same language. Another problem is that parts of the world have not been explored in enough detail to ensure all languages have been counted.

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