The Tree Of Languages Illustrated In A Big, Beautiful Infographic – Design You Trust

The Tree Of Languages Illustrated In A Big, Beautiful Infographic

Fun fact: “The latest projection is that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050. One study “even suggests that by that time, French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin.”

Forbes’ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry made an intriguing argument when he granted the title of “Language of the Future” to French, of all tongues. “French isn’t mostly spoken by French people and hasn’t been for a long time now,” he admits,” but “the language is growing fast, and growing in the fastest-growing areas of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa”.

“When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor,” writes Mental Floss’ Arika Okrent. “An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian).”

Sundberg takes this tree metaphor to a delightfully lavish extreme, tracing, say, how Indo-European linguistic roots sprouted a variety of modern-day living languages including Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Italian — and, of course, our Language of the Future. The size of the branches and bunches of leaves represent the number of speakers of each language at different times: the likes of English and Spanish have sprouted into mighty vegetative clusters, while others, like, Swedish, Dutch, and Punjabi, assert a more local dominance over their own, separately grown regional branches. Will French’s now-modest leaves one day cast a shadow over the whole tree? Perhaps — but I’m not canceling my plans to attend Spanish practice group tonight.

More info: Forbes (h/t: openculture, messynessychic)

Click on image and view in full size:

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Creepy Giants and Gentle Beauties: Illustrations by Sungmoo Heo
Fascinating Letterring Graffiti Art By Ernest
Madness as Art: Superb Comic Art by Lee Bermejo
Person Uses Artificial Intelligence To Make Anime And Cartoon Characters Look More Realistic
17 Wonderfully Tender Illustrations Dedicated To Our Beloved Moms
"When Worlds Collide": The Strange, Beautiful And Surreal Mash-Up Art Of Igor Skaletsky
The Day After Tomorrow: Eerie Concept Art Depicts Earth After The Apocalypse
"Avec Le Temps": The Superb Modern Kitsch Illustrations By Léa Chassagne
Ukiyo-e Inspired Illustrations Capture The Relatable Moments Of Modern Everyday Life
"Stargazing": The Superb Dreamy and Psychedelic Digital Collages by Voja
Here’s What Famous Historical Figures Would Look Like Today
This Artist Adds Monsters To Everyday Life To Make It More Fun
Rafael Araujo's Magic Drawings Solely Created With Pen And Pencil
26 Proofs That Love Is In The Little Things
Vietnamese Guy Spends Time With Celebrities With The Help Of Photoshop
Any Functioning Adult 2020 Presidential Election Campaign Is Getting Popular
Randy Lewis Creates Photo Manipulation Word Games That Will Make You Smile
For Men With Balls
The ABCs of College
How Beautiful Our World Would Look From Above If You Were A Bird
Unbelievable Portraits By Viktor Miller-Gausa
Natalia Fabia Paints Seductive And Sparkling Women
This is What Happens When Ordinary Women Try On Victoria's Secret Swimsuits
"On Fields Of Death & Desolation": Dark And Haunting Illustrations By Tony Sandoval