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):
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:
- Ethnologue maintains an amazing wealth of information on 6,909 living languages
- Learn how to say "thank you" in over 465 languages
- Mark Rosenfelder has compiled the numbers 1 to 10 in over 5000 languages
- How to reliably identify languages and countries
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