Wat vind ik hier nu van?

Ik ben er nog steeds over aan het nadenken: is dit nu hiervoor wel de meest geschikte grafische interpretatie? En: hoe zou de vormgever de oppervlaktes bepaald hebben? Zou een computerprogramma het feitelijke werk gedaan hebben, net als bij cartogrammen? En: hoe zit het met het Nederlands (29 miljoen, inclusief het Afrikaans; dat is <50 miljoen) ? België glipt wel mee, maar dat is dankzij haar Franstalige bewoners. En: is German geen West-Europese taal meer, behalve als het in Zwitserland wordt gesproken?

National Geographic senior graphics editor Alberto Lucas López has created a clear, effective infographic that shows us just how common different native languages are around the world.

His spherical design is cut into sections, with individual portions varying in size according to how widespread that language is. “There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these languages are a mother tongue for more than 50 million people,” López writes. “The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country.”

The color of each section also reveals the geographic location of the language, making it easy to quickly see just how many popular native languages come from Asia Minor, which is noted in light brown. Within each language section, smaller divisions show where the mother tongue speakers are from. For instance, the multicolor Spanish section shows just how widespread the language is, as it moves from pink Western Europe to light purple South America. Conversely, Russian, while spoken by 166 million people, is relatively landlocked.

Bron