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Subject: Languages spoken only as second languages.
Question: My psychology professor stated that of the 200+ languages spoken in the USA; 176 are living languages, “3 are second languages without mother tongue speakers” and 52 are extinct. When I asked her which three were second languages only, she didn’t know the answer and challenged me to find out. I’ve spent the past day and a half searching the web and I’m still stumped. Please help.

From: Gareth
Date: 25-Oct-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: Languages spoken only as second languages.    Susan D Fischer     (25-Oct-2013)
  2. Re: Languages spoken only as second languages.    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (26-Oct-2013)
  3. Re: Languages spoken only as second languages.    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (26-Oct-2013)
  4. Re: Languages spoken only as second languages.    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (25-Oct-2013)

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