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Rubenstein Chapter 5 Key Issue 1: Where Are the World’s Languages Distributed? 2. Define … 3. Define 4. What are two academic questions you can ask about the information on Figure 5-3 on p. 148-149? What language family contains the most speakers? What is the reason for japanese appearing in their own family group? 5. Make brief notes on each of the following language families as you read about them in this section (i.e., how many people speak a language of that family, where spoken, common languages, etc.) See pages 150-153.
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a. Indo-European 2,917 million Spoken around the world mostly in Europe, the Americas, and Australia Spanish, English, German, French b. Sino-Tibetan 1,268 million Mostly in China Mandarin c. Austronesian 362 million Madagascar, indonesia and the Philippines Javanese d. Austro-Asiatic 104 million Indochinese peninsula Vietnamese e. Tai Kadai 81 million Indochinese peninsula Thai F. Japanese 122 million Japan Japanese g. Korean 66 million Korea Korea h. Dravidian 229 million Southern India Telugu, Tamil
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i. Altaic 144 million Middle of Asia and Turkey Turkish j. Uralic 21 million Russia, Finland and Hungary Russian k. Afro-Asiatic 362 million North Africa and Arabian peninsula Arabic l. Niger-Congo 431 million Lower half of Africa Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili m. Nilo-Saharan 42 million The Sashara Kongo n. Quechan 9 million Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia Quechua Cusco
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Key Issue 2: Where Did English & Related Languages Originate and Diffuse? 1. Using the reading on page 154, complete the following chart about the Germanic Language Branch 2. Germanic Branch West Germanic Group North Germanic Group English, German, Dutch Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian 3. Romance Branch: Languages? Where? Why? Spanish, Portugese, French, Italian, Romanian, Southern Europe and South America 4. Indo-Iranian Branch: Take notes on each. Indic Group (Eastern) Iranian Group (Western)
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