Were you aware that most of the different languages we speak today could be placed in only a few groups by their origin? This is what Minna Sundberg, an illustrator, has expressed in an effective infographic of a linguistic family tree which reveals some interesting connections between different tongues.
She has used a tree as a metaphor to exemplify how all major European, and even a large number of Eastern languages can be categorized as an Indo-European and Uralic language “families”, using the research data from Ethnologue. The entire image is spotted with languages, with larger leaves representing those with the highest number of native speakers. However, even this comprehensive image doesn’t cover the huge assortment of languages: “Normally, most miniature languages did not make it on the graph,” the illustrator told io9. “There are literally hundreds of them in the Indo-European family of languages and I really could only fit so many on this particular page, so many sub-1 mil. speaker languages that do not have the official status somewhere got the cut.”
BIGGER LEAVES REPRESENT MORE PEOPLE USING THE LANGUAGE AS THEIR NATIVE TONGUE
THE EUROPEAN BRANCH SPLITS IN THREE: SLAVIC, ROMANCE, AND GERMANIC. A RATHER COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SLAVIC LANGUAGES IS VISIBLE
IT ALSO SHOWS THE GERMANIC ROOTS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
SURPRISINGLY, UNLIKE ITS SCANDINAVIAN NEIGHBORS, THE FINNISH LANGUAGE BELONGS TO URALIC FAMILY
THE INDO-IRANIAN GROUP REVEALS THE LINKS BETWEEN HINDI AND URDU AS WELL AS SOME REGIONAL INDIAN LANGUAGES LIKE RAJASTHANI