WORLD LANGUAGES SEARCHABLE DATABASE
(UPDATED TO EURASIA AND THE PACIFIC)

The following database includes all the 3,761 languages (both living and extinct) spoken in Eurasia (Europe, Middle East, Central and South East Asia) and the Pacific (Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, New Zealand and Hawaii). Eventually, it will be extended with all the languages spoken in America and Africa (see LANGUAGE CLASSIFICATION for updates).

All languages include a link to their own detailed entry or a general description in the corresponding linguistic family. NOTE: The contents and presentation of these entries are based on a preliminary draft of a pharaonic 14 vols. ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF WORLD LANGUAGES on which I'm currently working, much corrected and extended and fully illustrated with charts, ethnolinguistic maps and digital fonts. If you like what you see and are interested in getting online PDF/DOC copies, together with their multimedia complements, you can contact me at svelasco@linguasport.com. The completed volumes (classification and description of all languages and their writing systems), together with their number of pages and illustrative samples, are these:

VOLUME 1: INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES (1,072 p.) ⇒ Contents | Introduction | Norwegian | Occitan | Welsh | Serbo-Croatian | Avestan
VOLUME 2: AEGEAN AND IBERO-CAUCASIAN LANGUAGES (245 p.) ⇒
Contents | Tyrsenian | Eteo-Cretan | Caucasian | Mingrelian
VOLUME 3: EURASIAN LANGUAGES (433 p.) ⇒ Contents | Uralic | Finnish
| Altaic | Mongolian | Paleo-Siberian | Chukchi | Japonic | Ryukyuan
VOLUME 4: DRAVIDIAN LANGUAGES (193 p.) ⇒
Contents | Dravidian | Tamil
VOLUME 5: AUSTROASIATIC LANGUAGES (335 p.) ⇒
Contents | Munda | Mundari | Mon-Khmer | Khmer | Hmong-mien | Mien | Burushaski
VOLUME 6: SINO-TIBETAN LANGUAGES (552 p.) ⇒
Contents | Sino-Tibetan | Chinese | Wu Chinese | Tibeto-Burman | Limbu
VOLUME 7: AUSTRIC LANGUAGES (722 p.) ⇒
Contents | Tai-Kadai | Zhuang | Malayo-Polynesian | Tagalog | Bornean | Balinese
VOLUME 8: PAPUAN, INDO-PACIFIC AND AUSTRALIAN LANGUAGES (196 p.) ⇒
Contents | Papuan | Tasmanian | Australian

CLASSIFICATION includes the linguistic family (uppercase) and the main linguistic groups (lowercase). Higher phyla and lower groups are detailed in the corresponding entry. The labels "criollo" (creole) and "sabir" (pidgin) indicate mixed languages (in which the lexifier or base is included in parentheses and the substrate language is mentioned under the DIALECT field).

COUNTRIES, WRITING SYSTEM and TYPOLOGY list the data in a decreasing order of number/frequency (so identical names in reverse order are not recursive, but relevant information).

SPEAKERS refers only to native speakers of a language (i.e., those who have it as their mother tongue or first language). The reference date is 2010.

The original names of some languages need special encoding and will return blank squares in the database file.

NOTE: The actual number of languages is two less than the languages listed in the database because the latter include "Inuit" and "Yupik," which are dialect continuums of the Eskimo-Aleut family included together with their composing local dialects (different enough to be considered languages on their own).

LANGUAGE
OPTION 1 (recommended): DATA INPUT
Free
text. Broad search (non-context sensitive).
Spanish name (OK)
English name (OK)
Original name (TESTING)
OPTION 2: SELECT MENU
Narrow search (context sensitive).
Spanish name (TESTING)
English name (TESTING)
Original name (TESTING)
DIALECTS (TESTING)
CLASSIFICATION (OK)
COUNTRIES (OK)
WRITING SYSTEM (TESTING)
TYPOLOGY (OK)
SPEAKERS RANGE (OK)