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How many languages are there in Star Wars canon and is there any list of their names and maybe examples?

P. S. Droid language counts too.

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    C-3PO is fluent in "over three million forms of communication" so my guess would significantly over three million. – Ummdustry Jun 15 '18 at 9:28
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    In the words of the Bombad Warrior Jar Jar Binks: muy muy – Edlothiad Jun 15 '18 at 10:04
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    6 million plus, at least – Valorum Jun 15 '18 at 12:11
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    And we see Threepio doesn't know all the forms of communication in RotJ, where he has some trouble understanding Ewoks at first. – Nolimon Jun 15 '18 at 18:28
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Tim's answer is accurate prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens but from then on the actual answer is:

Over 7 million; no accurate canon answer available

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The Visual Dictionary it shows us that C-3PO has upgraded his TranLang III communications package to learn more languages, over seven million to be "precise".

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The Visual Dictionary, C-3PO's Data File

C-3PO has upgraded his TranLang III communications package to increase his language fluency to over seven million forms of communication.

  • He's got a holy big hard drive. – SovereignSun Feb 13 at 10:28
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Over 6 million; no accurate canon answer available

As C-3PO states to EV-9D9 in Return of the Jedi:

"I am fluent in over six million forms of communication, and can readily..."

This does not cover all forms. In Return of the Jedi, we see C-3PO having trouble communicating with Ewoks (they speak a very primitive dialect):

LUKE: Do you understand anything they're saying?

THREEPIO: Oh, yes, Master Luke! Remember that I am fluent in over six million forms of communication.

HAN: What are you telling them?

THREEPIO: Hello, I think... I could be mistaken. They're using a very primitive dialect. But I do believe they think I am some sort of god.

Also, droids evolve all the time, and even if a droid or individual knows all droid languages at one point in time, at a later point new forms may appear.

So we have a lower estimate of 6 million, which is known to be an underestimation.

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If we go by Legends Canon and wookiepedia there were around 560 languages defined to some degree:

▪   Aargauese
▪   Abednedish
▪   Abyssin language
▪   Adarese
▪   Advb
▪   Agarian language
▪   Ahak Maharr language
▪   Aleena language
▪   Alliance Special Forces hand signals
▪   Altirish
▪   Amanese
▪   Anarrese
▪   Ancient Askajian
▪   Ancient Corellian
▪   Anointed People's language
▪   Anomid sign language
▪   Anselmian
▪   Ansionian language
▪   Antarian
▪   Anx language
▪   Anzat language
▪   Aqualish language
▪   Arconese
▪   Argazdan language
▪   Arkanian language
▪   Askajian language
▪   Atoan language
▪   Ayrou language
▪   B'rknaa language
▪   Bab-Neo
▪   Bab-Prime
▪   Balc
▪   Balinaka language
▪   Balosur
▪   Barabel language
▪   Baragwinian
▪   Batorese
▪   Besalisk language
▪   Bimmini
▪   Bith language
▪   Bocce
▪   Bogolanese
▪   Boordist
▪   Bosph language
▪   Bothese
▪   Brrbrlpp language
▪   Bunduki language
▪   Caamasi language
▪   Caarimala
▪   Calian language
▪   Caluulan
▪   Caridan language
▪   Carioglyph
▪   Carosite language
▪   Catharese
▪   Cerean language
▪   Chadra-Fan language
▪   Chagri
▪   Chandrilan language
▪   Charon language
▪   Cheunh
▪   Chev language
▪   Chevin language
▪   Chistori language
▪   Chubbini
▪   Chuhkyvi language
▪   Classical Ossan
▪   Clawdite language
▪   Cloddogran language
▪   Codruese
▪   Colicoid language
▪   Concordian
▪   Coruscant Charm Signing
▪   Coway (language)
▪   Coynite language
▪   Cragii
▪   Critokian language
▪   Croke language
▪   Crucible language
▪   Cuvacian language
▪   Dai Bendu language
▪   Daimli
▪   Dakoti
▪   Dantarian
▪   Dashadi
▪   Dat-an
▪   Dathomiri language
▪   Dathomirian language
▪   Deception sect dialect
▪   Defel language
▪   Delphanian language
▪   Delphidian common tongue
▪   Devaronese
▪   Dianoga language
▪   Diollan language
▪   Dosh
▪   Drabatese
▪   Dradan language
▪   Draethos language
▪   Drallish
▪   Dressellese
▪   Dromnyr
▪   Drovian language
▪   Dug language
▪   Duinuogwuin language
▪   Durese
▪   Ebranese
▪   Ebruchese
▪   Eickarie language
▪   Electrospeech
▪   Elom (language)
▪   Elomin language
▪   Em'liy language
▪   Emperor's Royal Guard battle language
▪   Epicant
▪   Ergesh language
▪   Esh-kha language
▪   Ettian
▪   Evocii language
▪   Ewok trade language
▪   Ewok-Basic pidgin
▪   Ewokese
▪   Falleen language
▪   Farghul language
▪   Feeorin language
▪   Felucianese
▪   Ferroan language
▪   Fftssfft language
▪   Fian language
▪   Filordian
▪   Firrerreo language
▪   Flames of the Crucible
▪   Fosh language
▪   Frigosian language
▪   Frizznothese
▪   Frozian language
▪   Frusoise
▪   Fuzzum language
▪   Gacerian language
▪   Gados language
▪   Galactic Basic
▪   Galactic Basic Standard
▪   Galactic Sign Language
▪   Gamorrese
▪   Gand language
▪   Geelan language
▪   Gen'Dai language
▪   Geonosian language
▪   Geonosian hive-mind
▪   Gerbese
▪   Gigoran language
▪   Givin language
▪   Gobindi language
▪   Gorothite language
▪   Gossam language
▪   Gree language
▪   Gungan Basic
▪   Gunganese
▪   Gutretee language
▪   Guudrian language
▪   H'kig language
▪   H'nemthe language
▪   Hakaran language
▪   Hamadryas language
▪   Hand signals
▪   Hapan language
▪   Herglese
▪   High Coruscanti
▪   High Galactic
▪   High Sith
▪   Ho'Din language
▪   Honoghran
▪   Horansi language
▪   Houkese
▪   Hrakian language
▪   Hras'kkk'rarr
▪   Hsoosh
▪   Huhk language
▪   Huralok language
▪   Huttese
▪   Iktotchese
▪   Illodian language
▪   Illodian Sibilant
▪   Imperial Basic
▪   Iscerian language
▪   Ishi Tibrin
▪   Iskalonian language
▪   Issori language
▪   Ithorese
▪   Ixll language
▪   Iyra language
▪   Janguine language
▪   Jarellian
▪   Jastaal language
▪   Jawaese
▪   Jeh
▪   Jenet language
▪   Jessaran
▪   Kabalian
▪   Kadri'Ra language
▪   Kage language
▪   Kalaanite language
▪   Kalai language
▪   Kaleesh language
▪   Kaminoan language
▪   Kedorzhan language
▪   Kel Dor language
▪   Kerestese
▪   Kerkoidese
▪   Keshiri language
▪   Khilese
▪   Khomm language
▪   Kian'thar language
▪   Killik language
▪   Kilmaulsi language
▪   Kindalo language
▪   Kinetic communication
▪   Kitonese
▪   Klatooinian language
▪   Kobothi
▪   Koorivar language
▪   Korunnal
▪   Krantian Language
▪   Kreva
▪   Krish language
▪   Kruskan language
▪   Kuat language
▪   Kubazian
▪   Kumumgah language
▪   Kurtzen language
▪   Kushiban language
▪   Kyhhhsik
▪   Kyuzo language
▪   Lanai's language
▪   Langhesan
▪   Lannik (anguage
▪   Lasat language
▪   Lepese
▪   Lok Pirate's Cant
▪   Lorellian language
▪   Lowickese
▪   Lugubraal
▪   Lupre'en
▪   Lurmese
▪   Lutrillian language
▪   Mairan language
▪   Malagarrian language
▪   Mandaba
▪   Mando'a
▪   Maser voice-stream
▪   Massan
▪   Massassi language
▪   Meerian (language)
▪   Melodese
▪   Menahu
▪   Menahuu
▪   Mid-Galactic Standard
▪   Middle Yutanese
▪   Military Sign
▪   Mimbanite language
▪   Miralukese
▪   Mirialan language
▪   Mistryl battle language
▪   Mon Calamari blink code
▪   Mon Calamarian
▪   Morish language
▪   Morodin language
▪   Morpitoo's language
▪   Morseerian language
▪   Mugaar language
▪   Murachau
▪   Mustafarian language
▪   Muun language
▪   Muza language
▪   Myke language
▪   Myneyrsh language
▪   N'or
▪   Naboo language
▪   Nagaian
▪   Nalros language
▪   Nanilas
▪   Nautila
▪   Nazren language
▪   Nazzar language
▪   Necropolitan language
▪   Neimoidian language
▪   Nelvaanese
▪   Neti language
▪   Nikto language
▪   Nimbanese language
▪   Noehonese
▪   Nosaurian language
▪   Notho
▪   Notron Cant
▪   Nuffese
▪   Nuknog language
▪   Nyriaanan (language
▪   O'reenian language
▪   Oblee language
▪   Old Corellian
▪   Old Coruscanti
▪   Old Drall
▪   Old Galactic Standard
▪   Old Gungan
▪   Old High Gamorrese
▪   Old High Squibbian
▪   Old High Trammic
▪   Old Tarmidian
▪   Old tongue
▪   Old X'Tingian
▪   Oldspeak Basic
▪   Olys Corellisi
▪   Omwatese
▪   Ortolan language
▪   Ovoni language
▪   Paecian
▪   Paigun language
▪   Pak Pak
▪   Pamarthen language
▪   Pantoran language
▪   Parwan language
▪   Peh
▪   Phindian language
▪   Pho Ph'eahese
▪   Pirates of Tarnoonga language
▪   Pitrillistian language
▪   Plattahr's species language
▪   Pre-Corellian
▪   Priap
▪   Prison dialect of Kessel
▪   Proto-Huttese
▪   Psadan language
▪   Pugali
▪   Pydyrian language
▪   Pyn'gani language
▪   Q2800
▪   Qella language
▪   Qieg language
▪   Qiiluran
▪   Quarrenese
▪   Quermian language
▪   Quesoth Common Speak
▪   Quesoth Soldier Speak
▪   Qwohog language
▪   Qwohog sign language
▪   Rakata language
▪   Ramoan language
▪   Ranat language)
▪   Ranth language
▪   Rattataki language
▪   Rhommamoolian language
▪   Riileb language
▪   Riorian language
▪   Rodese
▪   Rodian language
▪   Royal Script of Grizmallt
▪   Rozzum language
▪   Ru language
▪   Ruurese
▪   Rybese
▪   Ryn language
▪   S'kytric
▪   Saheelindeeli language
▪   Sakiyan language
▪   Samuac Tree Code
▪   Sanyassan language
▪   Sarkese
▪   Sasha ot Sulem's dialect
▪   Sauvax language
▪   Savrip language
▪   Sedri language
▪   Selkath language
▪   Semaphore
▪   Semblan
▪   Seoulian
▪   Shadda-bi
▪   Sharu Trammic
▪   Shashay language
▪   Shem-Lern's species language
▪   Shi'idese
▪   Shimiese
▪   Shistavanen language
▪   Shusugaunt language
▪   Shyriiwook
▪   Sign language
▪   Sith language
▪   Sith tongue
▪   Skakoform
▪   Skakoverbal
▪   Skandit language
▪   Skel language
▪   Skrilling language
▪   Slithese
▪   Sljee language
▪   Sluissese
▪   Sluudrese
▪   Smuggler cant
▪   Snee
▪   Snivvian language
▪   Socorran language
▪   Spaart
▪   Squalris language
▪   Squibbian
▪   Sriluurian
▪   Ssi-ruuvi
▪   Stereb language
▪   Sullustese
▪   Surmo-Clarithian
▪   Svivreni language
▪   Swoken
▪   Sy Bisti
▪   Symbian
▪   T'landa Til language
▪   T'surrese
▪   Tahlboorean language
▪   Taloron language
▪   Talz language
▪   Talzzi
▪   Tap code
▪   Tapani language
▪   Tarasin Skintone Language
▪   Tarasinese
▪   Tarc language
▪   Tarrese
▪   Tchuukthese
▪   Teedospeak
▪   Teek language
▪   Teevo
▪   Teh
▪   Temolish
▪   Thakwaese
▪   Thisspiasian language
▪   Thobek language
▪   Thykarann
▪   Thyrsian language
▪   Tibranese
▪   Tionese language
▪   Tiss'shar language
▪   Tof language
▪   Tognath language
▪   Togorian language
▪   Togruti
▪   Torrock
▪   Toydarian language
▪   Tra'ang'a
▪   Trader's argot
▪   Tranese
▪   Trianii language
▪   Trinary
▪   Tritonite language
▪   Troig language
▪   Troxan language
▪   Tsi
▪   Tundan
▪   Tunrothese
▪   Turazza language
▪   Tusken
▪   Tusken/Legends
▪   Twi'leki
▪   Tynnan language
▪   Ubeninal
▪   Ubese language
▪   Ugnaught language
▪   Ugor language
▪   Umbarese
▪   Une
▪   Unidentified Kobothi S-Corps "code" languages
▪   Unidentified language (Zzzzyxxx)
▪   Utai language
▪   Utapese
▪   Utapese/Legends
▪   Uthuthma language
▪   Uukaablian language
▪   Vaathkree trade language
▪   Vagaari language
▪   Vahla language
▪   Valltii language
▪   Vashan language
▪   Verpine language
▪   Vodran language
▪   Vodran language
▪   Vortexlex
▪   Vorzydiak language
▪   Voss language
▪   Vratix language
▪   Vregg
▪   VT-7
▪   Vulpterish
▪   Vuvrian language
▪   Wartaky
▪   Wasilsi language
▪   Wehttam language
▪   Whiforla-song
▪   Whiphid language
▪   Wistie language
▪   Wol Cabasshite language
▪   Woostese
▪   Worxi
▪   Wroonian language
▪   X'Tingian
▪   Xaczik
▪   Xamster language
▪   Xan language
▪   Xextese
▪   Xi Char language
▪   Yahk-Tosh language
▪   Yakan
▪   Yarin language
▪   Yarkora language
▪   Yashuvhi language
▪   Yeb language
▪   Yevethan language
▪   Yinchorri language
▪   Yrashu language
▪   Ysannan
▪   Yuuzhan Vong language
▪   Yuzz
▪   Yuzzum language
▪   Zabraki
▪   ZeHethbra language
▪   Zelosian language
▪   Zeltron language
▪   Zimchai
▪   Zolanese
▪   Zygerrian language

I don't really know that much about Disney Canon so I can't really give you an answer on that.

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