All Language Families with a Map

Can you name all the world's language families on the map below?
Isolates, creoles, pidgins, and unclassified languages are not included.
The distinctions between families leans conservative (meaning no Nilo-Saharan) but is ultimately still arbitrary.
Extinct families are not included, with the exception of language families indigenous to areas that have undergone colonisation, where the most recent pre-contact distribution of languages is shown on the map.
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Last updated: October 18, 2022
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Families
Afroasiatic
Alacalufan
Algic
Andamanese
Arai-Samaia
Araucanian
Arawakan
Arawan
Atlantic-Congo
Austro-Asiatic
Austronesian
Aymaran
Baining
Barbacoan
Boran
Border
Bororoan
Bulaka River
Bunuban
Caddoan
Cahuapanan
Cariban
Catacaoan
Central Solomon
Central Sudanic
Chapacuran
Charruan
Chibchan
Chicham
Chimakuan
Chinookan
Chocoan
Chonan
Chukutko-Kamchatkan
Chumashan
Coosan
Costanoan
Daju
Darwin Region
Families
Dogon
Doso-Turumsa
Dravidian
East Geelvink Bay
East Strickland
Eastern Daly
Eastern Jebel
Eastern Trans-Fly
Eleman
Eskaleut
Fas
Fur
Garawan
Gogodala-Suki
Grass
Greater Siangic
Guaicuruan
Guajiboan
Harákmbut-Katukinan
Hatam-Mansim
Heiban
Hmong-Mien
Huarpean
Ijaw
Indo-European
Iroquoian
Iwaidjan
Japonic
Jarrakan
Jicaquean
Jirajaran
Kadu
Kalapuyan
Kartvelian
Katloid
Kaure-Kosare
Keresan
Kho-Bwa
Khoe-Kwadi
Families
Kiowa-Tanoan
Kiwaian
Komuz
Koreanic
Kra-Dai
Kuliak
Kunama
Kutubuan
Kwomtari
Kx'a
Lakes Plain
Lencan
Leonhard Schultze
Lower Sepik
Lule-Vilela
Maban
Macro-Gunwinyguan
Macro-Jê
Mairasi
Mande
Mantion-Meax
Mascoian
Matacoan
Mayan
Mirndi
Misumalpan
Miwok
Mixe-Zoquean
Mongolic
Muskogean
Nadahup
Na-Dene
Nambikwaran
Nilotic
Nimboran
North Bougainville
North Halmahera
Northeast Caucasian
Northern Eastern Sudanic
Families
Northwest Caucasian
Nyulnyulan
Ongan
Oto-Manguean
Pahoturi
Palaihnihan
Pama-Nyungan
Panoan
Pauwasi
Peba-Yaguan
Piaroa-Saliban
Plateau Penutian
Pomoan
Quechuan
Ramu
Rashad
Saharan
Salishan
Senagi
Sentani
Sepik
Shastan
Sino-Tibetan
Siouan-Catawban
Sko
Songhai
South Bird's Head
South Bougainville
Southern Daly
Surmic
Tacanan
Talodi
Tangkic
Tasmanian
Taulil-Butam
Teberan
Temein
Tequistlatecan
Ticuna-Yuri
Families
Timor-Alor-Pantar
Timotean
Tiniguan
Tor-Kwerba
Torricelli
Totonacan
Trans-New Guinea
Tsimshianic
Tucanoan
Tungusic
Tupian
Turama-Kikorian
Turkic
Tuu
Ubangian
Upper Yuat
Uralic
Uru-Chipaya
Uto-Aztecan
Wagaydyic
Wakashan
West Bird's Head
Western Daly
Wintuan
Witotoan
Worrorran
Xincan
Yam
Yanomaman
Yawa
Yeniseian
Yokutsan
Yuat
Yukaghir
Yuki-Wappo
Yuman-Cochimi
Zamucoan
Zaparoan
5 Comments
+5
Level 68
Oct 19, 2022
Great quiz I'll have to nominate it!
+3
Level 67
Jul 8, 2023
Amazing quiz, but I think you should update a few things

1. The Utian (Miwok-Costanoan) family is accepted by Glottolog and Ethnologue, so I think it should be added.

2. Tasmanian is not actually a family, but a geographic grouping

3. I know you said that this quiz is subjective, but I think you should split apart Darwin region and Northeast Sudanic as they are not very well proven.

+1
Level 65
Jan 29, 2024
thanks!

utian was split by accident, I was working on the svgs for this and the subfamilies quiz concurrently and I neglected to merge them for this quiz. they should be covered by the same type-ins now. I felt like this was too minor a change to edit the whole svg for considering uploading/compressing it was a whole ordeal and a half, so while they'll appear split they should functionally be merged now.

I put tasmanian & darwin as a single family just for convenience's sake.

the decision to include NE sudanic was meant as a compromise between completely splitting up east sudanic or having all of it. the latter is probably the more 'better known' classification and the former I felt was too unwieldy. I know this is arbitrary and subjective but there are dozens of decisions like this that I made and I really think this is a major flaw of the quiz. I definitely want to revisit it and completely rethink the classifications more objectively sometime in the future.

+2
Level 82
Nov 5, 2023
Nice quiz! Would be nice to accept Eskimo-Aleut as well.
+1
Level 65
Jan 29, 2024
thanks! that was always supposed to be a type-in but I messed up the regex apparently. it should be fixed now!