Language Families of the World

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Language Families of the World

2019

Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University explores the linguistic trails left by generations of humans that lead back to the beginnings of language. Utilizing historical theories and cutting-edge research, these 34...

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Director
John McWhorter
Supplier
The Great Courses

In This Series

Why Are There So Many Languages?
Episode 1
Why Are There So Many Languages?
The First Family Discovered: Indo-European
Episode 2
The First Family Discovered: Indo-European
Indo-European Languages in Europe
Episode 3
Indo-European Languages in Europe
Indo-European Languages in Asia
Episode 4
Indo-European Languages in Asia
The Click Languages
Episode 5
The Click Languages
Niger-Congo: The Biggest Family in Africa I
Episode 6
Niger-Congo: The Biggest Family in Africa I
Niger-Congo: The Biggest Family in Africa II
Episode 7
Niger-Congo: The Biggest Family in Africa II
Languages of the Fertile Crescent and Beyond I
Episode 8
Languages of the Fertile Crescent and Beyond I
Languages of the Fertile Crescent and Beyond II
Episode 9
Languages of the Fertile Crescent and Beyond II
Nilo-Saharan: Africa’s Hardest Languages?
Episode 10
Nilo-Saharan: Africa’s Hardest Languages?
Is the Indo-European Family Alone in Europe?
Episode 11
Is the Indo-European Family Alone in Europe?
How to Identify a Language Family
Episode 12
How to Identify a Language Family
What Is a Caucasian Language?
Episode 13
What Is a Caucasian Language?
Indian Languages That Aren’t Indo-European
Episode 14
Indian Languages That Aren’t Indo-European
Languages of the Silk Road and Beyond
Episode 15
Languages of the Silk Road and Beyond
Japanese and Korean: Alike yet Unrelated
Episode 16
Japanese and Korean: Alike yet Unrelated
The Languages We Call Chinese
Episode 17
The Languages We Call Chinese
Chinese’s Family Circle: Sino-Tibetan
Episode 18
Chinese’s Family Circle: Sino-Tibetan
Southeast Asian Languages: The Sinosphere
Episode 19
Southeast Asian Languages: The Sinosphere
Languages of the South Seas I
Episode 20
Languages of the South Seas I
Languages of the South Seas II
Episode 21
Languages of the South Seas II
Siberia and Beyond: Language Isolates
Episode 22
Siberia and Beyond: Language Isolates
Creole Languages
Episode 23
Creole Languages
Why Are There So Many Languages in New Guinea?
Episode 24
Why Are There So Many Languages in New Guinea?
The Languages of Australia I
Episode 25
The Languages of Australia I
The Languages of Australia II
Episode 26
The Languages of Australia II
The Original American Languages I
Episode 27
The Original American Languages I
The Original American Languages II
Episode 28
The Original American Languages II
The Original American Languages III
Episode 29
The Original American Languages III
The Original American Languages IV
Episode 30
The Original American Languages IV
Languages Caught between Families
Episode 31
Languages Caught between Families
How Far Back Can We Trace Languages?
Episode 32
How Far Back Can We Trace Languages?
What Do Genes Say about Language Families?
Episode 33
What Do Genes Say about Language Families?
Language Families and Writing Systems
Episode 34
Language Families and Writing Systems