The Indo-European languages comprise a family of several hundred related languages and dialects. According to the 2005 SIL estimate, about half (219) belonging to the Indo-Aryan sub-branch including most of the major languages of Europe, the northern Indian subcontinent (South Asia), the Iranian plateau (Southwest Asia). and much of Central Asia. Indo-European has the largest numbers of speakers of the recognised families of languages in the world today, with its languages spoken by approximately three billion native speakers.
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