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India: 3,372 languages, one country

December 13, 2004 17:20 IST

There are 3,372 languages in India but only 216 are spoken by a group of 10,000 persons or more, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

As per the 1991 census, there are 1,576 classified and 1,796 unclassified languages, Culture Minister S Jaipal Reddy said during Question Hour.

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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: There must be more

The number must be much more. I am sure other languages like semaphore, morse code, shorthand notations, sign language, navy flag code, thieves cant, officialese, ...

Posted by Dr T S Raman

Sub: Dialects or Languages?

Are they talking about varying dailects of a regional language..or .I will be surprised to know there are indeed that many distinct languages?

Posted by avidnewsreader

Sub: India: 3372 languages, 1 country

There are so many languages in our country, yet we have no language of luv, trust and brotherhood.

Posted by priti sethi

Sub: languages

Fine more languages more states ( based on language) more castes more party's more leaders more free power more loan (not recoverable) more quota's (in ...

Posted by M.Rajendran

Sub: What a wrong numbers from minister

Dear all, My comment: See 1991 Census says 1652 mother tongues. 1991 census says 18 official languages with 114 dialects 96 nosheduled languages with 214 ...

Posted by Nelson


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