The Linguasphere Register

of the world’s languages and speech communities

Key to the World’s languages - La clé des langues du monde

10 sectors & 100 zones of reference for the location of & classification of languages.

10 secteurs & 100 zones de référence pour la location & la classification des langues.

Isolated languages & independent language groups,
coded within 5 GEOSECTORS comprising 25 geozones & 25 independent phylozones.

Langues isolées & groupes linguistiques indépendants,
codifiés sous 5 GÉOSECTEURS comprenant 25 géozones & 25 phylozones indépendantes.


Languages belonging to one of five major language families,
coded within 5 PHYLOSECTORS subdivided into 5 x 10 phylozones.

Langues appartenant à une des cinq familles linguistiques majeures,
codifiées sous 5 PHYLOSECTEURS sousdivisées en 5 x 10 phylozones.

See also

  • Conventions

    1. in reference to words (including names), meanings and quotations: "form" of a word or words in a specific language (in English for this edition, unless otherwise stated); or "quotation" of a phrase or phrases from another source «definition» of a word or words (in English for this edition) ’problematic use’ of a word or words, including controversial or metaphoric use, or existing terms cited without endorsement concept (in italics) defined in the Linguasphere Lexicon • bulleted text (in italics) defining or annotating a specific concept where it occurs Title of Source or of (...)

  • Foreword

    To those engaged in the activities of the Linguasphere programme from its early days, the appearance of this volume at the dawn of the new millennium is a very timely affair. I feel deeply honoured to have been invited to pen a short preface to this historically significant document. What makes it an extraordinary accomplishment is that this is predominantly the work of one scholar, researching alone without the advantage of a large research institute to fall back upon. This is an accessible and significant contribution, which demonstrates an extraordinary capacity for codifying and (...)

  • The Linguasphere

    This first classified Register of the world’s languages and speech communities is completed as a new era of global communication begins. Both serve to emphasise a major change in the human condition, for which the twin poles of society are now the individual person and the planetary community of humankind. The concept of the individual language, as distinct and separate from other languages, is misleading. All forms of all languages are integral parts of a fluid and continually evolving continuum of human communication. The ultimate component of this continuum is the unique language or (...)

  • World studies are now local studies.

    The publication of this register marked the beginning of the decade of the linguasphere 2000 - 2009 and was dedicated to a new era of global communication. when minds are free, no longer confined behind walls of ignorance, prejudice or dogma when children acquire allegiance to humankind, across frontiers of speech, community and culture when the planet is seen as their common home, a haven to be protected, nurtured and shared when the freedom and health of the human mind and body are respected everywhere, regardless of age, sex or colour when past sufferings inflicted by (...)

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