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Data Stories: Analyzing Languages and Writing

Language analysis doesn’t have to be complex; these charts show the sources for English, where common languages are spoken, and how writing affects drawing.


English Comes from Many Sources

roots of english

‎This chart shows how many languages come together to make up modern English. You can click on an individual language to see examples of words from that source.


Who Shares a Common Language?

global languages

The 23 most spoken languages on Earth are the native languages, collectively, of 4.1 billion people. This infographic shows how many people speak each one and where they live.


How Does Your Language Affect Your Drawing?

quartz drawing analysis

This investigation by Quartz used drawing examples from around the world to explore whether what alphabet you write in affects the way you draw a simple shape.



About the Author

Lindsay Stares is a production editor at TDWI. You can contact her here.

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