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List of language families spoken worldwide

13-OCT-2017 14:34

    Language is the method of communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structure and conventional way. In another way, we can say language is a system of signs for encoding and decoding information. These languages belong to certain language families because they possess have the same origins. There are approximately 6000 languages spoken worldwide out of these 94 languages belongs to different language families. Here, we are giving the list of language families spoken worldwide for general awareness.

    Language Families

    Source: www.freelang.net

    List of language families spoken worldwide

    Language Family

    Language

    Indo-European family

    English, Russian and Hindi

    Sino-Tibetan family

    Mandarin, Bodo and the other Chinese languages, and Tibetan

    Afro-Asiatic family

    Arabic, Somali, Hebrew, Swahili, and Zulu

    Malayo-Polynesian languages family

    Indonesian, Malay, Tagalog, and hundreds of other languages spoken throughout the Pacific

    Dravidian family

    Tamil and Telugu

    Austronesian

    Malay (Indonesian and Malaysian), Javanese, and Filipino (Tagalog)

    Altaic

    Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Korean and Japonic

    Austro-Asiatic

    Khmeric, Bahnaric, Monic , Katuic, Pearic, Khmuic, Palaung-Wa, Khasic, Vietic, Aslian, Nicobarese, Kherwarian, Korku, Kharia-Juang and Koraput

    Tai-Kadai

    Hlai, Kra, Kam–Sui, Tai, and the Ong Be

    Niger-Congo

    Yoruba, Igbo, Fula and Shona

    The evolution of human languages witnesses the gradual changes that involve the origin and divergence of languages and language families which can be considered analogous to biological evolution but it is not necessarily occur through the same mechanisms. Apart from all the language families, Indo-European languages are the most widely spoken that constitutes 44 % of the world population. In the above list of language families spoken worldwide will enhance the general knowledge of the readers.

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