West Germanic languages
|Originally between the Rhine, Alps, Elbe, and North Sea; today worldwide|
|Linguasphere||52-AB & 52-AC|
The three most prevalent West Germanic languages are English, German, and Dutch. The language family also includes Afrikaans (which is a daughter language of Dutch), Yiddish, Luxembourgish, Frisian and Scots. Additionally, several creoles, patois, and pidgins are based on Dutch, English, and German, as they were each languages of colonial empires.