Friday, January 19, 2007

Indo-European Languages

Source: (good to go to if you want a bigger picture)

We got a little off topic in discussion this week in one of my history classes about Indo-European languages. I find this subject fascinating! I love this visual of the tree that starts with Proto-Indo-European and branches out into all the languages ending with the modern version. You can see how languages are related and find some interesting relationships as well as see that some you expect are missing.

Like the fact that Norwegian and Swedish are close aren't a surprise, but we always lump Scandnavian countries together, but where is Finnish? Finnish is actually a Uralic language and isn't an Indo-European language at all! And look at English - a Germanic language. Not even close to the Celtic languages that were idigneous to the British Isles. Anyway, I just wanted to share.

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