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What is the purpose of this article? This article's basic organizational principle is not at all clear. The classification of languages seems to be a political one and not a linguistic one (e.g., by language family). It tells us nothing about the geographic distribution of the linguistic areas. (No map.) It provides scant historical perspective or sensitivity to classification issues: What is a language, and what is a dialect? Were the "languages of the Soviet Union" preexisting when the country was established, or were some of the languages "constructed" (e.g., in the Caucasus and in Siberia)? How many native speakers of the languages were there? How many languages were there in different censuses (the only way the number of speakers could be counted)?--Mack2 23:28, 15 November 2007 (UTC)