Asian language families
Asian 367 / Ling 367
Actually, not all of Asia (mostly, South,
Southeast, and East)
That excludes (for example) Iraq, Iran, Asian
part of Russia
So many languages, so little time
The Indo-European family (449
Using DNA and historical linguistics
to trace early population
Three kinds of DNA
Mitochondrial DNA (outside the cell nucleus)
Autosomal DNA (in the nucleus, excluding sex chromosomes)
X and Y chromosomes
Photo of a mit
How languages work
What does a language have?
and how many of them does it have?!
1. A set of phonemes (basic sounds from which
linguistic expressions are constructed): dozens!
2. Basic expressions (vocabulary): thousands, but a
Asian 367 / Ling 367: Languages of Asia
For this course, in the list of language families below, I have grayed out some
languages and families either because they are not spoken in Asia or because I
wont be testing you on them. I have included a few major
1. People are familiar with patterns: subject, modifiers and so on.
2. There is no drive to learn how to play chess. Learning language is more like learning how
to walk. Learning language is done within a critical age usually at a young age. (Time