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The Tree of Languages

The Tree Of Languages Illustrated In One Gorgeous Infographic


By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages of the world, they oftentimes use a tree metaphor. The textbook version tends to be drab and boring, however, which is why Minna Sundberg, the creator of the webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silenttook the time to create a much more imaginative version.

Arika Okrent of Mental Floss writes, “An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian).

Now, a much more enticing version of the simple tree diagram has been created. For understandable reasons, it has gone viral:

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