Mapping the world’s dialects

Where in the world is the highest density of languages?

Mapping the world’s dialects: Where in the world is the highest density of languages?

Benjamin Hennig

Facts:
– There are approximately 7,000 languages believed to be spoken around the world.
–  The three largest language groups (Mandarin, Spanish, and English) have more than 1.5 billion native speakers.
– 96 per cent of all languages are spoken by only three to four per cent of all people.
– 2,000 of the world’s languages have less than 1,000 native speakers.
– The Ethnologue database lists exactly 7,099 individual languages in a comprehensive geographic database.
– The highest language diversity in the world can be found in Africa and Asia, both with more than 2,000 living tongues.
– Europe with only around 250 living languages and dialects spoken.
– 50 to 90 per cent of the currently spoken languages could be extinct.

Via geographical.co.uk

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