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Sanskrit

Sanskrit

Sanskrit, meaning ‘perfected’ or ‘refined’, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of of all attested human ... more »

Assamese

Assamese

Assamese is the easternmost member of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken as a first language ... more »

Languages on the Internet

Languages on the Internet

More and more users are plugging into the Internet worldwide. However, estimating the number of speakers of the world’s ... more »

K’iche’

K’iche’

K’iche’, also spelled Quiché, is a member of the Quichean branch of the Mayan language family. It is spoken in the central ... more »

Chadic Branch

Chadic Branch

The Chadic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family consists of about 195 languages spoken south of the Sahara desert in an area stretching ... more »

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Icelandic (Islenska) belongs to the Northern group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken mostly in Iceland, and its closest relative is another insular language, Faroese, although the two languages are not mutually intelligible because they have developed in isolation from each other. The first known settlers came to Iceland from Norway in 874 AD. They more »
English belongs to the Western group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is most closely related to Low German dialects and to Dutch. English descended from the language spoken in the English Isles by the Germanic tribes, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, who came to the British Isles around 450 AD and drove the original Celtic-speaking inhabitants to areas that are now more »
The Altaic language family derives its name from the Altai Mountain region where it is believed that these languages had originated. It includes 66 languages spoken by about 250 million people (Ethnologue). Speakers of Altaic languages live over a vast territory that stretches from northeastern Siberia to the Persian Gulf, and from the Baltic Sea to China, with most of them clustering more »
All members of the Tai-Kadai (also known as Kadai or Kam-Tai) language family evolved from an ancestral language called Proto-Tai which is thought to have originated in the area between northern Vietnam and southeastern China. Some 2,000 years ago, speakers of the Tai languages moved southward into Southeast Asia. Today, languages belonging to the Tai-Kadai more »