Friday, November 9, 2007

Common Conversations in Human Languages

Travel across places, boundaries, countries and continents is now becoming common. English has become a connecting medium for the human race across the planet. But, how would it be to exchange pleasantries with people in their native languages. It sounds real good, to me atleast!

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Now, the big question: How many living human languages do exist? There are many numbers circulating around. As per the sage, there were more than 6000 human spoken languages at one time, but the effective number has now dwindled to 100, and is receding quite fast. With what is termed as Globalization, English has now emerged as the de-facto standard.

Ethnologue is an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages. It consists of language maps with country, language codes, language families, primary language names of 7299 languages with a total of 39,491 alternate names.