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This page is the entré to my own interpretation of this wonderful book I purchased when I was in high school, when I first started earning my own spending money. The book is called Lyall's Guide to 25 Languages of Europe. It was first published in London in 1932 (I own the third revised edition, 1966); it is an odd size: 7.25 in. wide by 5.25 in. high, and typeset in Gill Sans, an elegant typeface.

In this page, I present a list of language/country pairings, so that a language is associated with a specific country. While we all know that language lines do not follow geographic/political lines, I just wanted to simplify the presentation of various languages, and also combine this with my love of flags and maps.

Please note that some countries are not accounted for: they may be bilingual (cf. Belgium) and their constituent languages are already taken into account by other countries. Other countries (cf. Spain) have several languages, some of which need to be accounted for, as there are no other countries that singularly encapsulate the language (cf. Basque).

And I realize that I'm not altogether consistent. For instance, I show the entire country of Ireland as Celtic, yet only on the fringes of the country would you find the language, Irish, being used to any extent.

Also, I could have included more languages and countries. But my plan is to limit it to Indo-European languages and languages spoken in Europe, given that the definition of Europe is an open question. After all, I included the countries of the Caucasus (Georgian, Armenian, Azerbaijani), but not the Indo-European languages spoken a bit further afield: Tajik, Pashto, Dari, Bengali, Sinhalese. I mean, I had to draw the line somewhere.

But, given all that, let's have fun.