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© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Where Are Other Language Families Distributed? Classification of languages –Indo-European = the largest language family 46 percent of the world’s population speaks an Indo-European language –Sino-Tibetan = the second-largest language family 21 percent of the world’s population speaks a Sino-Tibetan language –Mandarin = the most used language in the world
© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Language Families Figure 5-16
© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Where Are Other Language Families Distributed? Languages of the Middle East and Central Asia –Afro-Asiatic Arabic = most widely spoken –Altaic Turkish = most widely spoken –Uralic Estonian, Hungarian, and Finnish
© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Language Family Tree Figure 5-17
© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Where Are Other Language Families Distributed? African language families –Extensive linguistic diversity 1,000 distinct languages + thousands of dialects –Niger-Congo 95 percent of sub-Saharan Africans speak a Niger-Congo language –Nilo-Saharan –Khoisan “Click” languages
© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. African Language Families Figure 5-19
© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Nigeria’s Main Languages Figure 5-20
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