How many languages exist?

SIL International Publications has published the 25th edition of Ethnologue®. This tries to list all known living languages in the world. It comes in 3 self-contained volumes, each covering a region and including:

  • language descriptions organized by continent and country
  • lists of primary names, alternate names, and dialect names
  • country overviews with graphical language vitality profiles
  • colour maps showing the location and distribution of languages

The following table summarises for each volume the number of languages and names covered and says how many country overviews and maps the volume contains.

 AsiaAfrica / EuropeAmericas/Pacific

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