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Tai-Kadai Language Family

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 language family are spoken ...Full Article

Siouan Language Family

The Siouan language family is primarily spoken today in the American Great Plains and in the southern part of Canada. It originally consisted of 17 languages, of which many ...Full Article

Tibeto-Burmese Branch

Tibeto-Burmese (or Tibeto-Burman) branch constitutes a part of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It consists of 389 highly differentiated languages spoken over a widespread area from the Tibetan plateau in the north to ...Full Article

Chinese Branch

Chinese languages/dialects constitute an independent branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. About one-fourth of the world’s population speaks some variety of Chinese as their native language. By the sheer number ...Full Article

Sino-Tibetan Language Family

The Sino-Tibetan language family is one of the largest in the world. It is second only to the Indo-European language family in terms of number of speakers. The family consists of ...Full Article

Pidgin Languages

Pidgins are “on-the-spot” languages that develop when people with no common language come into contact with each other. Nobody speaks a pidgin as their first language. Usually a pidgin ...Full Article

Oto-Manguean Language Family

The Oto-Manguean language stock is a group of related languages or language families of Mexico. It is the largest language stock in Mexico, consisting of 174 languages (Ethnologue) that ...Full Article

Nilo-Saharan Language Family

The Nilo-Saharan language family includes 204 extremely diverse languages spoken by roughly 35 million people in the interior of northern Africa, including the greater Nile basin and its tributaries, as well ...Full Article

Niger-Congo Language Family

The Niger-Congo language family is one of the largest language families in the world and the largest one in Africa in terms of its geographical spread across most of ...Full Article

NaDene Language Family

The Na-Dené (also called Athabascan or Athapascan) language family includes 47 distantly related languages that are spoken over a large area spanning from northwestern Canada and Alaska south to ...Full Article
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