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 European languages, DYK Fact #193
B_Headstone
Posted: 17:41 Tuesday 17 April 2007


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Did you know? Most of the languages spoken in Europe belong to the Indo-European family, a diverse group of languages with several notable branches.

The Germanic (or Teutonic) branch includes English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic. (It also includes Afrikaans, which is spoken in South Africa.)

The Romance branch includes French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian.

The Slavic branch includes Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovenian, Slovak, Serbian, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Belarusian.

The Celtic branch includes Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic and Breton.

The Baltic branch includes Latvian and Lithuanian.

Other Indo-European languages spoken in Europe include Greek and Albanian.

On the other hand, languages spoken in Europe that do not belong to the Indo-European family include Finnish, Hungarian and Estonian (which belong to the Uralic family), as well as Maltese (which belongs to the Semitic family) and Turkish (which some linguists put in the Altaic family).
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Athene_noctua
Posted: 18:29 Tuesday 17 April 2007


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Did you know? Basque is yet another language spoken in Europe that does not belong to the Indo-European family. Indeed, Basque has no known relation to any living language.



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Sophie
Posted: 16:30 Wednesday 30 November 2011


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QUOTE (B_Headstone @ 17:41 Tuesday 17 April 2007)
The Germanic (or Teutonic) branch includes English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic. (It also includes Afrikaans, which is spoken in South Africa.)

And Luxembourgish, which is spoken in Luxembourg. wink.gif


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Sylvia
Posted: 17:05 Wednesday 30 November 2011


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And Faroese, which is spoken in the Faroe Islands. wink.gif


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Sophie
Posted: 17:23 Wednesday 30 November 2011


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And Frisian, which is spoken in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands.


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B_Headstone
Posted: 16:19 Tuesday 13 December 2011


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Did you know? There are North Frisian, West Frisian, and Saterland Frisian.
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Olinguito
Posted: 17:31 Wednesday 30 April 2014


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QUOTE (B_Headstone @ 17:41 Tuesday 17 April 2007)
The Slavic branch includes Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovenian, Slovak, Serbian, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Belarusian.

And Macedonian, which is spoken in the Republic of Macedonia.


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