A language family is a group of languages related through descent from a
common ancestor, called the proto-language of that family. The term 'family'
Apr 29, 2015 ... Most languages belong to language families. A language family is a group of
related languages that developed from a common historic ...
Part of the Ethnologue Language Family Index by Joseph E. Grimes and Barbara
F. Grimes, Editors, Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1996.
Statistical summary of the distribution of world languages and their populations
within the six largest language families.
A language family
is a group of languages
which have developed from a common ancestor, or proto-language
. The term family
is not, unfortunately, limited to any particular level of the language
tree, so a branch of the Niger-Congo family
may go to the Kordofanian langua
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Introduction to the major language families, including Indo-European, Uralic,
Altaic, and Afro-Asiatic.
The following maps and classification are based on Merritt Ruhlen's book A
Guide to the World's Languages (Stanford University Press, 1987), which in turn
An index of all the languages featured on Omniglot arranged by the language
families they belong to.
The study of the origins of languages and their classification into families is
traditionally known as philology. For various reasons it is not possible to be
Just like other families, most language families have several branches. This is
illustrated in FIG. 2, according to which the Austronesian language family first