* Peter T. Daniels
| The counter would have to give the arbitrary definition of what s/he
| chose to count, since boundaries between script variants are as
| strict as they are between language variants.

That's true, and this is one hurdle to an objective count that I don't
really think is surmountable. I've made some choices in my database,
but I'm well aware that these are if not exactly arbitrary, then at
least highly questionable.

However, I still think asking the question and trying to answer it is
interesting, since it does actually tell us something. If the number
of scripts is in the range of 200, which I think is fair to assume,
it's immediately obvious that there is an enormous difference in the
number of scripts and the number of languages. Which, IMHO, is quite

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