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Most of the over 2000 living languages in Africa are tonal, and word length varies from largely monosyllabic to the polysyllabic Bantu verbs.
The Americas, North, Central, and South, have had orthography development in many languages for decades, but over half of its thousand languages are endangered to some degree, more than other regions of the world.
The density of different scripts in Asia is unrivaled in other continents. The variety of language types and sociopolitical situations is also amazingly high, making generalizations about this area hard to come by.
The thousand-plus languages of the Pacific, dominated numerically by the over 800 languages of Papua New Guinea, are a combination of those scattered in far-flung island domains and those densely packed in rugged terrains on land.