Human Language Families: Summary & Examples


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Jason grew up speaking the same language his parents spoke (and everyone else in their small village). It was only after he left home that he found out their language was different. No one else in the world seemed to speak the same language exactly, but there were two languages that seemed to have been blended together to make it. What category of language does Jason speak?

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1. Dr. Livingston was traveling through the African Sahara and came across a group of people speaking a language he had never heard before. After studying the language, it was found that this particular language was completely dissimilar to all other languages in the world. What category of languages would this new language belong to?

2. Language A, B and C are very closely related. In fact, if you were to learn one of these, you would likely be able to get by if spoken to in any of the others. They stem from the same parent language. Which language category does this describe?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of human language families with this quiz/worksheet. You'll be answering questions on key topics like languages that are created with the intermixing of two or more other regional languages and full languages that have not evolved.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See what you know about these points:

  • Closely related languages within a family
  • Language family mainly located in the northern region of Africa
  • Human language family associated with sign language

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the related lesson on human language families, like a full language that hasn't evolved
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a language type that's made up of regional, intermixed languages and the human language family of sign language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the similarly related languages within a family of languages

Additional Learning

You can learn more about language with the lesson called Human Language Families: Summary & Examples. These key topics will be covered:

  • Living languages and extinct languages
  • Major language families
  • Italic and Germanic languages
  • Trans-New Guinea language family