Mapping The Genetic Relationships of the World’s Languages
Author: Stephen Huffman
Publisher: S. Huffman
Publication date: 2008
Number of pages: 18
Format / Quality: PDF – Excellent
Size: 39.5 Mb
The maps by Huffman, an unvaluable visul aid to put into geographical context the known languages of the world. They are available out there, but I thought it was a must having them too here.
The author says:
The map “The World’s Language Phyla” is the one most likely to draw condemnation from more traditional historical linguists. It shows the worlds languages,
grouped according to the highest-level classifications that have been proposed by linguists. Many of the proposed groupings shown in this map are still highly
The “IndoEuropean Language Family” map shows the distribution of the IndoEuropean language family.
The “Eurasiatic Language Family” map is quite similar to the IndoEuropean language map, but it shows the distribution of the proposed Eurasiatic language family,
of which the IndoEuropean language family is one branch.
The “Indigenous Languages of Africa” map shows the distribution of the four major language families of Africa as demonstrated by Greenberg.
The “Horn of Africa” map depicts, not surprisingly, the languages of the Horn of Africa. The language families are all represented by shades of a particular color, with
each language delineated by its own color.
The “Languages of the Sudan” map is organized on very similar principles to “Horn of Africa” map. It merely shows the languages in Sudan a bit more closely. This
map also emphasizes how much of the Sudan is essentially uninhabited.
The “Languages of Southeast Asia” map shows how the different language families of Southeast Asia are intermixed in the region.
The “Languages of the Indian Subcontinent” highlights the relationship of language families in India.
The “Languages of China” shows the languages in the region of China