This Illustrated Tree Shows How Languages Are Connected

This Amazing Tree Shows How Languages Are Connected


Minna Sundberg captures in an elegant illustration of a linguistic tree how languages are connected to another. Using data gathered by Ethnologue , the tree reveals some fascinating links between languages.

Sundberg explains what’s missing and where the data came from:

“Language trees for the language lovers! I’ve gathered pretty much all the data for this from, which is an awesome well of information about language families. And if anyone finds some important language missing let me know! Naturally most tiny languages didn’t make it on the graph, aww. There’s literally hundreds of them in the Indo-European family alone and I could only fit so many on this page, so most sub-1 mil. speaker languages that don’t have official status somewhere got the cut.”

A larger leaf size represents a larger amount of people using the language as their native tongue:


illustrated linguistic tree languages by minna sundberg

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Below it shows the Germanic roots of English language:

illustrated linguistic tree languages by minna sundberg



The European branch is split into three: Slavic, Romance and Germanic:


illustrated linguistic tree languages by minna sundberg zoomed in




Despite being close geographically, the tree highlights the distinct linguistic origins of Finnish from other languages in Scandinavia:




The Indo-Iranian group reveals the links between Hindi and Urdu as well as some regional Indian languages like Rajasthani:



Source info: Minna Sundberg




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