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- Yes, Switzerland is a bit funny, but only a special case in Europe. Many African countries have several official languages, and India has tens, hundreds or thousands of languages, depending on the way of counting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_India
I was rather surprised that France has many small languages, though - I knew that there are some Basque speakers and perhaps some native speakers of the neighbouring countries' languages in the border regions - but nothing apart from that.Apr 13, 2012
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_FrancePlease see
(For the record, I'm not French. I live in Montreal.)Apr 13, 2012
- I am in South Africa. As a child we had two official languages, in the new South Africa we have 11.
http://www.southafrica.info/about/people/language.htmApr 13, 2012
- This is extra surprising, from the Wikipedia article: "At the time of the French revolution in 1789 it is estimated that only half of the population of France spoke French, and by 1871 only a quarter spoke French."
Anyway, this discussion of mother tongues was not your main point, so maybe I'll leave it here - it's bedtime anyway :)Apr 13, 2012
- And in Montreal you have another French language or dialects? Quebecois?Apr 13, 2012
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