Spatial Diffusion of Languages: On the Geographical Spread of ‘Tea’ and ‘Coffee’

The following link has two maps.

The first shows the spread of the word for tea from the old Chinese rla through the cha and te variations present today.

The second maps the spread of the word for coffee from the Arabic qahwa, “which then slowly transfer to Persia then Turkey and then to Europe and eventually evolved into the many European language varieties of coffee we have today. These in turn were spread to Africa and Asia via colonial empires.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s