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Afrasian language

Definition of the noun afrasian language

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  1. a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of Afrasian language: Afrasian / Afro-Asiatic / Afroasiatic / Afroasiatic language / Hamito-Semitic
    • more generic terms: natural language / tongue = a human written or spoken language used by a community
    • more specific terms:
      • Chadic language / Chadic / Chad = a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
      • Semitic = a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
      • Hamitic language / Hamitic = a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
      • Egyptian = the ancient and now extinct language of Egypt under the Pharaohs
      • Berber = a cluster of related dialects that were once the major language of northern Africa west of Egypt
      • Cushitic = a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia and northwestern Kenya and adjacent regions
      • Omotic = a group of related languages spoken in a valley of southern Ethiopia

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Aethiopica: D-Ha (2003)

by Siegbert Uhlig

All but G3 and G9 are almost universal in the Afrasian languages of the NEA. The most non- conforming Afrasian language is Gac3Z, which became extinct about 1,200 412.

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