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A World of Variety: A Devil's Bargain

I'm starting to get back into my language series, doing some more (time-consuming) online research to find traces of linguistic diversity. And I feel the need to vent for a minute.

One of the most helpful resources has been the Ethnologue. It's perhaps the most complete assessment of the world-language situation available anywhere. Another useful resource has been Global Recordings. But if you take even a minimal amount of time on either site, you'll find some disturbing similarities.

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