How Many Language Families are there in the World?

  title={How Many Language Families are there in the World?},
  author={Lyle Campbell},
  journal={Anuario del Seminario de Filolog{\'i}a Vasca "Julio de Urquijo"},
  • Lyle Campbell
  • Published 8 January 2019
  • Linguistics, Psychology
  • Anuario del Seminario de Filología Vasca "Julio de Urquijo"
The question of how many language families there are in the world is addressed here. The reasons for why it has been so difficult to answer this question are explored. The answer arrived at here is 406 independent language families (including language isolates); however, this number is relative, and factors that prevent us from arriving at a definitive number for the world’s language families are discussed. A full list of the generally accepted language families is presented, which eliminates… 

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