The History of the Indo-European Language Family

European Origins

The Indo-European language family is the world’s most widely spoken one, both by the number of its speakers (3.2 billion according to Wikipedia) and by the area which it covers. Today it encompasses most of the worlds temperate zone between the subtropics and the arctic circle, although the languages belonging to this group also extend far into the south, namely the Indian Subcontinent and South America, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and multiple other former European colonies in the southern hemisphere.

World Map of Indo-European Languages
Distribution of Indo-European languages today. By original: Industrius, deriv: Radosław Botev – own work based on Mapa Lenguas del Mundo.png, originally uploaded on Polish Wikipedia.Source of linguistic data: Geograficzny atlas świata, Państwowe Przedsiębiorstwo Wydawnictw Kartograficznych, Warszawa-Wrocław 1987, t. I, page: 22, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7662339

The Indo-European Family Tree

This language family consists of about 445 (source: Wikipedia) living languages and a substantial amount of dead…

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