7099

Today is International Mother Language Day, so that means it is also the day a new edition of the Ethnologue goes live. Gary and his team have been working very hard to meet the deadline–a few things remain to be done, but the new edition went live late this morning.  Yay!

The official count of living languages on this earth is now 7099.  If you are interested in how the above number of living languages on this earth was reached, please read the Ethnoblog where Gary explains the process–some are added, some are subtracted each year due to languages going extinct or new ones being separated from other ones. He also mentions how many changes were made to the database since a year ago, and what new data has been gathered in the last year.  My pet name for the Ethnologue: the book of a million details.

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