Limits of Language
ANSWERS ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT LANGUAGES
(EVEN THOSE YOU NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK)
Are there native speakers of Klingon?
Has there ever been a state with Esperanto as its official language?
What is the least useful dictionary ever produced?
What is the world's smallest language?
Does English have more words than other languages?
In what country are people the most polyglot?
Can words consist of consonants alone?
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