Language family map of europe. Note that the terms language and dialect are not mutually exclusive and some of the languages shown in the map may be considered dialects of others. 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.
Below are represented 10 distinct maps which showcase the languages spoken in europe. So france romania italy spain and portugal all get colored the same as does. Indo european languages are spoken throughout europe western asia and because of colonization throughout north and south america and oceania. They compare and contrast a map of dominant languages in europe to a political map of europe and discuss similarities and differences.
Unfortunately serviceable maps that depict only language families are difficult to find. For teaching a class on the history and geography of the worlds major language families good linguistic maps are essential. The following map shows the language families of europe distinguished by colour and languages within those families. Students read about language families and languages of europe.
The indo european language family is descended from proto indo european which is believed to have been spoken thousands of years ago. 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. This map colors regions not by specific language but by the general family to which the dominant language belongs.