Language family map of europe. This map colors regions not by specific language but by the general family to which the dominant language belongs. See the various language families and sub groups of europe. They compare and contrast a map of dominant languages in europe to a political map of europe and discuss similarities and differences. Students read about language families and languages of europe.
According to the mainstream linguistic classification in europe there are 6 major indo european language families namely romance slavic germanic baltic celtic and hellenic alongside a non indo european family specifically the finno ugric linguistic. The indo european language family is descended from proto indo european which is believed to have been spoken thousands of years ago. Phyla with historically wide geographical distributions but comparatively few current day speakers include eskimoaleut na dene algic quechuan and nilo saharan. Below are represented 10 distinct maps which showcase the languages spoken in europe.
In the following each bullet item is a known or suspected language family. So france romania italy spain and portugal all get colored the same as does. You can also use this activity in english language arts classes to focus on word origin word families. Indo european is the largest language family in europe.
Minna sundbergs illustration maps the relationships between indo european and uralic languages. Unfortunately serviceable maps that depict only language families are difficult to find. Indo european languages are spoken throughout europe western asia and because of colonization throughout north and south america and oceania.