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All Languages Translations: The Languages of the World

According to Ethnologue: Languages of the World, there are 7,105 living languages today. Other statistics may say that there are about 6,000 to 7,000 languages in the world. The difference usually lies on how experts differentiate languages from dialects. The top three languages with the highest number of speakers are Standard Chinese with 1151 million speakers, English with 1000 million speakers, and Spanish with 500 million speakers.

The biggest language group today is Indo- European. Half of the world’s population speaks languages from this group.

This language group evolved from the language of a tribe of nomads from the area of Eastern Europe and Western Asia , some believe. The area where modern day Ukraine is – around 3000 BC.

More importantly, note that languages that share one language group does not necessarily mean they are from the same race.


Endangered and Extinct

For various reasons, languages spoken by smaller groups are becoming either endangered or extinct. The speakers start using a secondary language, and parents then stop using the native language when talking to their children.

Ethnologue has classified endangered languages into three.

The first: “In trouble” – Those that in “threat” and “shifting” . Here, parents can still speak the language, but do not use it frequently nor do they use it to communicate with their children. In this stage we can find 1,481 of the living languages.

“Dying” languages are those which grandparents can speak, however parent are not able to use it anymore. There are 906 Dying languages today.

Extinct languages are those that do not exist anymore. No one uses the language nor does anyone associate themselves with that language ethnically. Since 1950, 377  languages got extinct.

The most recent language considered extinct is Livonian, from Livonia in Latvia and similar to Estonian. Livonian was extinct in 2013 when the last native speaker of the language passed. Besides, there are hundreds more that have gone extinct since the 1st millennium BC.


Sign Languages

Notably, today we still using around 200 sign languages. However, the number is not exact as some communities have developed their own sign languages and they don’t share with other cultures.

Sign languages can vary greatly, for example, the American Sign Language uses only one hand when signing the alphabet. The British Sign Language uses both hands.


Constructed Languages

A constructed or planned language, is a language that has been build consciously and meticulously.

To this effect, it is also called artificial language or invented language. There could be many reasons for using a constructed language. It can provide an easier communication where there is a language barrier, it can give a more realistic front to fiction, such as that of a movie or book, and it provides a great ground for experimentation.

Constructed languages are classified into three: auxiliary, engineered and artistic.

Auxiliary languages allow communication among people from different countries, however not replacing their native language. by Francois Sudre, created in 1827 the very first known auxiliary language: Solresol. It was known as the “musical language”. However, Esperanto is the most popular and is still being used today and has an estimated 1,000 native speakers.

Engineered languages are usually created to study certain hypothesis about how languages work. Some engineered languages have become nominated to be auxiliary languages. Some examples of human usable engineered languages are Ilaksh, aUI and Isotype.

Artistic languages, usually used in books or movies, to give life to a make believe world. Some examples are Common Eladrin and Goldogrin created by J.R.R. Tolkein in his work, Na’vi spoken by the characters of the movie Avatar, and the Valyrian languages orchestrated by David Peterson and used in the popular TV series Game of Thrones.


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