Appetizer Collage

By Richard Hou and Dominik Ruzicka


A system of communication through the use of speech, a collection of sounds understood by a group of people to have the same meaning


 Regional variety of a language distinguished by vocabulary, spelling, and pronounciation.

Lingua franca

A language muually understood and commonly used in trade by people who have different native languages.

Extinct language

A language that was once used by people in daily activities but is no longer used.

Official language

The language adopted for use by the government for the conduct of business and publication of documents.

Isolated language

A language that is unrelated to any other lnaguages and theretore not attached to any language family

Language Family

A collection of languages related to each other through common ancestor long before recorded history.


A boundary that separates regions in which different language usages predominiate

Standard language

The form of a language used for official government, business, education, and mass communication.

Vulgar Latin

A form of Latin used in daily conversation by ancient Romans, as opposed to the standard dialect, which was used for official documents