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how many alphabets are there? -- 14:14, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

This is a difficult question to answer. If we tie alphabets to languages. It is difficult to give an exact figure of the number of languages that exist in the world, because it is not always easy to define what a language is. So the number of alphabets must be equally problematic.

There is a list of the world's languages, called "Ethnologue" (Grimes 1996). There are 6,500 living languages listed. Of these, 6,000 have registered population figures. 52% of the 6,000 languages are spoken by less than 10,000 people, and 28% are spoken by less than 1,000 people. 83% of them are limited to single countries.

Hope it helps. Let us know if you find a reasonable estimate Dr Joe Kiff 14:31, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

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