The Indo-European Family of Languages


Family tree of Indo-European languages, by the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Wait a second, where’s my native language,swiss german, on this map?

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  1. Where is Finnish and Estonian?

  2. geirarne: they belong to the Finno-Ugric language family, not the Indo-European.

  3. i believe your swiss german falls into “high germanic” :)

    as for finnish, it’s not an indo-european dialect. even being a finno-ugric language is an issue of debate. finnish is a peculiar language thought to originate in the ural mountains, but also contains very strong siberian (samoyedic) characteristics.

  4. I don’t think this is a very right version of a laguage map. Balt-Slavic group is highly, highly disputable, and balts should be put much closer to sanskrit..
    Oh well!

  5. And my language Finnish? :(

  6. Hmmm, I was majoring ion linguistics (before i dropped out to pursue my design ideaology) and I remember that even our lecturers couldn’t aggree on this sort of thing. Apparently there are many diffderent versions of this. Where is Turkish and Hungarian and Finnish? Where’s the whole Altaic family?

    I stumbled upon, great blog by the way :)

  7. Once again, this is just the Indo-European family of languages – not the Altaic/Uralic/what have you… That’s why there’s no Finnish, no Turkish, no Basque, etc.