Number of languages.... (Re: Unilingua)
Harald Tveit Alvestrand
harald at alvestrand.no
Tue Sep 20 09:55:02 CEST 2005
--On lørdag, september 17, 2005 16:31:14 +0100 Caoimhin O Donnaile
<caoimhin at smo.uhi.ac.uk> wrote:
> I look forward to the day - hopefully very soon, when I can use
> Google to find pages in Scottish Gaelic. Scottish Gaelic has only
> about 50,000 speakers but it has not been denied a language code.
> There are probably thousands of languages with more speakers than
why use "probably" when there are data available....
Actually, the SIL Ethnologue says that there are 1.239 languages with more
than 100.000 speakers, and 1779 languages with 10.000-100.000 speakers, so
"thousands" may be right, but it's likely to be in the low thousands (one
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