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A Linguistic Family Tree Like You’ve Never Seen Before!

Linguistics has always fascinated me, especially the evolution of the relationships between languages throughout history. The most common way linguists present this data is with a tree metaphor, but Minna Sundberg, who created the webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent, has created something that goes beyond data presentation and into art.

 

Linguistic tree

 

Fam tree

 

Fam tree

 

Fam tree

 

Fam tree

 

Fam tree

 

Fam tree

 

Fam tree

 

Don’t stop there, there’s another page where Sundberg gives a chart which shows comparison between words in Nordic languages, and illustrates how unique Finnish is with the word “meow”. If you love this just as much as we do, there are prints available to purchase. Also, check out the high resolution image in all its zoomable glory here!

 

All Images Via Minna Sundberg

 

Featured Image Via Minna Sundberg