Languages are classifies into 18 families. Each has developed from a common ancestral proto-language. Larger families are divided into subfamilies. Compare areal linguistics; linguistic typology. See comparative linguistics; synchronic linguistics.

GENETIC LINGUISTICS: "Genetic linguistics is an approach to linguistics where languages are classified according to their historical "family" relationships."
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