Family Tree of Indo-European Languages

The Indo-European Language Family Tree

This page presents the family tree of the Indo-European Languages. The family tree is divided into two parts: The Centum languages, which are the western European languages, and the Satem languages, which are the eastern European and Asian languages. Links are provided below to each of the family trees.

Language Maps

You are invited to explore the language trees to find out where each language is spoken in the world. You can click on any of the language blocks in the tree to view a map of the areas where the language is spoken. Please bookmark this page and visit again later for more added features.

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Family Tree Links

Select one of the two parts of the Indo-European language family tree:

World Distribution of Indo-European Languages

This world mapClick for a full-size map
Indo-European languages around the world
(830k) shows the approximate distribution of Indo-European languages around the world. Within the red borders, the IE languages are the predominant or official languages.

History of the English Language

English is an Indo-European language of the Germanic branch and has had significant contributions from other IE languages. Click on the small image below to view a timeline of the history of the English language as other languages contributed to the development of English over the centuries.

History of English timeline

Reader Feedback

I would be glad to hear from you with questions, criticism, encomiums, and the like. If you find any errors in these language trees, please E-mail me.

Copyright Notice

These drawings are copyright © 2002–2007 by Daniel M. Short. Most of the original maps (without my additions) came from the CIA World Factbook and are considered to be in the public domain.


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