Cultural Geography: Languages-Spoken On Planet Earth

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Michael Luchini
Professor Eike Reichardt
Cultural Geography
3 May 2015 Languages: Languages spoken on Planet Earth Without languages being created and widely-spoken, human beings would have a very bad way of communicating with each other. It would be virtually impossible to have countries succeed without some form of communication. Thankfully, there has been 6,909 languages that have been created and widely spoken as of 2009 ("How Many Languages Are There in the World? | Linguistic Society of America"). If anything, the inhabitants of planet earth will continue with creating languages, but do not forget that some languages could possibly die off in the future due to lack of usage, hard understanding or any other further complications. A
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The English language has been around for decades. According to Suzanne Kemmer, the language we call “English” has been brought up in the north sea coasts of England around the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. English currently exists all around the world except a few countries and it has a total of 332,000,000 individuals speaking the language("Most Widely Spoken Languages"). That number was a sampling amount taken back in 1999, if anything the language has been increasing with speakers worldwide. There is a total of four branches that can relate to the English language as a whole. According to James M. Rubenstein, the four branches are: Germanic, Indo-Iranian, Balto-Slavic, and finally the Romance Branch. These four branches all fade under the family of “Indo-European”. The language of German has been taught worldwide as a secondary language, it is being taught a majority of the time as part of an individual 's education. German is spoken by roughly 95 million people worldwide ("Language Differences: English - German"). German and English have some differences and also contains some of the same things. For instance, the German alphabet contains the same 26 letters as the English alphabet does ("Language Differences: English - German"). Also, according to Paul Shoebottom the sounds of the languages (German/English) are similar. A …show more content…
These languages could possibly end up being spoken in another country sometime in the future. This is exactly why individual languages vary among countries. This situation is called a dialect. A “Dialect” is any form of a language that is odd to a specific group or region. According to James M. Rubenstein, there are a total of three dialect regions, and they are New England, Southeastern, and Midlands. There are also major dialects in the United States by itself. These dialects are called the North, Southern, Midlands, and the west. Dialects are based on spelling, vocabulary, and the way individuals pronounce the words. An example of a dialect would be how the state of Pennsylvania pronouncing the term “soda” while the state of Texas uses the term “coke”. This is because of the type of individuals that exist in each state, some states were found earlier than others and some were found later than others. There are also forms of dialects between the British and the American English. The English have different vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation. For instance, here is an example of the vocabulary differences between the two: The American English use the term "cookie" which would be pronounced as a "biscuit" in British English. Another example for American English could be a "trunk" which is a "boot" in British

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