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[[Ficheiro:Primary Human Language Families Map.png|miniatura|dereita|380px|Distribución actual das familias de linguas.]]
Este artigo recolle as principais linguas humanas por número de falantes nativos.
This article ranks human languages by their number of [[native speaker]]s.
 
However, all such rankings should be used with caution.<ref>{{Cite web|url = http://www.uis.unesco.org/Library/Documents/evaluating-language-statistics-ethnologue-beyond-culture-2006-en.pdf|title = Evaluating language statistics: the Ethnologue and beyond|date = 31 March 2006|accessdate = 8 October 2015|website = |publisher = [[UNESCO]] Institute of Statistics|last = Paolillo|first = John C.|pages = 3–5|last2 = Das|first2 = Anupam}}</ref> It is difficult to define the difference between a [[language]] and a [[dialect]], or between a language and a [[macrolanguage]]; for example, [[Chinese language|Chinese]] is sometimes considered a single language and sometimes a macrolanguage whose [[Varieties of Chinese|many varieties]] are all independent languages. Any division of speakers among languages is the result of the classification of these speakers. Often such classifications are based on political or cultural factors. Although such classifications are not entirely arbitrary, it is not possible to devise a coherent linguistic set of criteria for the boundaries between languages.
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