7,111 Languages are spoken today (Ethnologue: Languages of the World)

Ethnologue, an online journal dedicated to data surrounding language use, has recently published new data on the number of languages spoken in the world.

In total, there are 7,111 different languages spoken in the world. These are mapped onto this interactive map allowing the user to see where these languages are spoken. However, it is probably worth noting that roughly 1/3 of these languages are endangered (less than 1000 speakers) and 23 languages account for most than half of the world’s population.

Some other facts include:

  1. 840 languages alone are spoken in Papua New Guinea 
  2. Of the 7,111 languages spoken in the word, over half of these languages are spoken in Asia and Africa 
  3. 86% of the world use Asian or European languages. 

Read more about this so-called ‘language intelligence’ here.