Ethnologue: Languages of the World

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Can you send me more information about country X or language Y?
SIL has published materials on only a fraction of all the world's languages. Browse the Country Indexes to find the languages in which you are interested, and follow the links to available publications.

How can I learn to speak language X? Can you send me a dictionary or language learning materials?
We do not teach specific languages such as Spanish, Turkish, Mohawk, or Tok Pisin. Rather, we teach linguistics (how to analyze a language) and language learning techniques (how to learn a language on your own).

How many languages are there in the world?
See the Introduction and Geographical Distribution of Living Languages

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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