I love languages and cultures so I needed to blog about this.
Did you know that most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their origin? This is what illustrator Minna Sundberg has captured in an elegant infographic of a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues.
Using the research data from Ethnologue, Minna has used a tree metaphor to illustrate how all major European, and even plenty of Eastern languages can be grouped into Indo-European and Uralic “families”.
The whole image is dotted with languages, with bigger leaves representing those with the most native speakers.
For everyone wondering about Chinese, Arabic, African and Indigenous languages of the Americas, this chart is ONLY for the group of languages known as Indo-European.
Regardless, great illustration.