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Language Families and Branches by Country by Iori-Komei Language Families and Branches by Country by Iori-Komei
A map showing the branches of the worlds language families by country.

Do to the sheer diversity of languages, especially in Africa, the language branches are not all 'equal', that is while some of them are themselves 1st level branches of a Language Family, some of them are much further down (ex. 6th level division) due to differing levels of linguistic diversity.

Please note that determining language families and clasifications among the linguistic community is not clear, especially in Africa, as such their are quite a few cases where their is debate over language classification, as such I have tried to use the most widely supported theories with the exception of Altaic, which as a language family has a high degree of disagreement over its scope; in the case of Altaic I have only included Turkic and Mongolic (accepted by all as members of it) but have not included Korean or Japanese, which are sometimes included, but do not have widespread support for said inclusion.

The map is of native languages/mother languages, not languages known overall, which would grealty change things due to the fact many countries (especially in Africa) are Multilingual with people learning French, English or others as second languages.

Additionally while it's to small to do so Singapore should be striped Sinitic and Germanic, as Chinese (49.9%) and English (32.3%) as a combined 80% of the population speaks one of the two as a first language.
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sewandrere Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Writer
That's a shame that American Indian languages almost all disappeared^^ The only one left here is Tupi^^ the only one for the whole continent!!! :(
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Iori-Komei Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Quite a few still exist, rather it's that they're not the majority elsewhere; for instance in North America their are some with speakers in the hundreds of thousands and IIRC one with just over a million in Canada as well as others that are actually growing.

Also, Tupi is the language family, the actual language is Guarani; their's actually an interesting story behind its survival, in the late 19th century Paraguay went to war with all both its neighbors (and Uruguay) at once and the war decimated the population to the point that somewhere between 30-60% of the male population of the country was killed off which lead to the previous Hispanophone population being reduced greatly and that, mixed with immigration and Guarani having been a pretty strong language at the time (at one time it was the lingua Franca of large parts of South America) lead to it ending-up as the primary language.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Artist
Well, for both the Koreans and Japanese, the thought of Korean and Japanese languages being supposedly distantly related shudders them. Better to treat them as language isolates.
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Iori-Komei Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Digital Artist
That is how I've shown them.
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