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World Language Phyla/Family Mapping

Dr. Stephen Huffman

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Abstract

Dr. Huffman has classified the languages of the Ethnologue into broader groupings following Merritt Ruhlen’s A Guide to the World’s Languages (published 1987, 1991 by Stanford University Press), and has produced as series of maps of language phyla and families using this classified data and several versions of GMI's World Language Mapping System and Seamless Digital Chart of the World geographic data sets. PDF versions of the maps available for download, as are Dr. Huffman's data table and ArcGIS project files.

For additional discussion of both language classification and the initial mapping process, see Dr. Huffman's paper describing this work: Mapping The Genetic Relationships of the World’s Languages (pdf).

What's New

As of 3 May 2006

Usage Notes

Maps Produced with the World Language Mapping System and Seamless Digital Chart of the World

Maps previewed on this page and available for download were produced with version 3.2 of the World Language Mapping System (WLMS), corresponding to the 15th Edition of the Ethnologue, and version 3.1 of GMI's Seamless Digital Chart of the World (SDCW). ArcGIS project files and classification data tables are available for both WLMS 3.2 and WLMS 3.0-3.1 (14th Edition Ethnologue).

The World's Language Phyla

66 x 34 in (download PDF - 4 MB)

 

Languages of Africa

36 x 44 in (download PDF - 3.4 MB)

 

Languages of the Horn of Africa

34 x44 in (download PDF - 2.1 MB)

 

Languages of China

38 x 72 in (download PDF - 5.6 MB)

detail from map above:

 

The Eurasiatic Language Phylum

60 x 36 in (download PDF - 6.8 MB)

 

Languages of the Indian Subcontinent

36 x 44 in (download PDF - 2.2 MB)

 

Languages of Southeast Asia

34 x 44 in (download PDF - 3.5 MB)

Languages of Sudan

34 x 44 in (download PDF - 1.7 MB)

 

Classification Data and ArcGIS project files

Download classification data table and GIS project files used to produce the maps above. Classification table is .DBF format, importable by most spreadsheet and database programs. GIS project files are in .MXD format for use with ESRI's ArcGIS 9.x and require GMI's World Language Mapping System [WLMS] and Seamless Digital Chart of the World [SDCW] data products.

Notes:

Map Produced with a WLMS Prototype (World Databank II Base Map)

The IndoEuropean Language Family

34 x 44 in (download PDF - 9 MB)

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