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Languages of the world

I recently came across Linguistic Search Solutions' website. The firm offers identity search solutions that take into account "variations in names caused by different transcription standards, or the phonetic similarities specific to each language". Pretty interesting stuff.

Poking around their site, I found the following map of world languages (click to go to a larger version):

Languages of the world

In contrast to many other maps that try to communicate language groups around the world, this one offers a clear view, with easily discernible gradations and differences in color. Nicely done.

While you are thinking about languages around the world, you might want to take a look at the following:


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4 Comments:

  1. margarida said...
    I'm afraid this map shows some incorrections mainly concerning African countries. Portuguese is the official language spoken in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor.
    http://cvc.instituto-camoes.pt/tempolingua/02.html
    Anonymous said...
    Should we call the maker of this map an incompetent or a liar ? French is the official language of half of Africa and it does not show at all on the map and similar remarks could be made for other languages as well.
    Anonymous said...
    This map does not intend to display official languages. It intends to indicate the main language origin of the names of the people living in each country. Only one language is displayed per country which does not imply that there would not be other relevant languages. I think the map should be set in context before the makers are called liars or incompetent.
    Expert language translators said...
    the map shows only main languages, but still love the post, and its amazing to know that Arabic is one of the most spoken language in the world.

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