One of the reasons for the continent’s rich linguistic diversity is simply down to time – people in Africa have had more time to develop languages than peoples elsewhere in the world. But the development of Africa’s languages is also due to cultural and political factors.
What is the reason why there are many languages and history in Africa?
Humanity’s African origins has not only led to high genetic diversity on the continent, but it has also helped spur other kinds of variation as well. “There’s just been a lot of time for cultural diversity, linguistic diversity, genetic diversity to accumulate in Africa,” Tishkoff says.
Which language is spoken most in world?
English is the largest language in the world, if you count both native and non-native speakers. If you count only native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the largest. Mandarin Chinese is the largest language in the world when counting only first language (native) speakers.
What does Africa mean in Latin?
Isidore of Seville in his 7th-century Etymologiae XIV.5.2. suggests “Africa comes from the Latin aprica, meaning “sunny”.