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Indo-European Language Family

Indo-European is a family of languages that first spread throughout Europe and many parts of South Asia, and later to every corner of the globe as a result of colonization. The term Indo-European is essentially geographical since it refers to the easternmost extension of the family from the Indian subcontinent to its westernmost reach in Europe. The family includes ...Full Article

Yiddish

Yiddish (ייִדיש) belongs to the Western group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is likely that the language developed in central Europe from Middle High German varieties in the 11th-13th centuries ...Full Article

Swedish

Swedish (Svenska) belongs to the East Scandinavian group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Sweden, but also spoken in Canada, Estonia, Finland, Norway, United ...Full Article

Norwegian

Norwegian belongs to the East Scandinavian group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family (Ethnologue). It is closely related to Swedish and Danish. The three languages developed ...Full Article

Icelandic

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 ...Full Article

English

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 ...Full Article

Dutch

Dutch belongs to the west Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family spoken by 16.4 million people in the Netherlands (Holland) and in the northern half of Belgium (Flanders, including Belgium’s capital Brussels). ...Full Article

Danish

Danish (Dansk) belongs to the East Scandinavian group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken by 5.4 million people in Denmark. It is also spoken in Canada, ...Full Article

Afrikaans

Afrikaans, also known as the Cape Dutch, belongs to the west Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken by 6.9 million people as a first and by 10.3 ...Full Article

Germanic Branch

Germanic languages are spoken by close to 470 million people in many parts of the world, but mainly in Europe and the Western Hemisphere. All modern Germanic languages derive ...Full Article
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