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Definition of the noun afro-asiatic

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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
    • alternative spelling: Afroasiatic
    • synonyms of Afro-Asiatic: Afrasian / Afrasian language / 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

Definition of the adjective afro-asiatic

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  1. Of, pertaining to, or being a language family spoken in northern Africa and southwest Asia, and including Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Omotic, Cushitic, and Chadic languages.

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Google previewThe Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics (2000)

by Robert Lawrence Trask

AFRO-ASIATIC just four proposed families: Afro-Asiatic, Niger-Congo (or Niger- Kordofanian), Nilo-Saharan and Khoisan. Of these the first two are generally regarded as secure, the third is controversial, and the fourth is regarded with great ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Cameroon English Usage (2007)

by Jean-Paul Kouega

Geographically, Afro-Asiatic languages are spoken in the area stretching from northern ...

Google previewThe Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia (2009)

by Kirsten Malmkjaer

Languages of Africa The number of distinct languages spoken throughout Africa is estimated at about 1,000, all of which belong to one of the four language families: Afro-Asiatic, Niger-Kordofanian, Nilo-Saharan and Khoisan. Afro-Asiatic ...

Google previewWorld History Encyclopedia (2011)

by Alfred J. Andrea, Kevin McGeough, William E. Mierse, Mark Aldenderfer, Carolyn Neel

The largest language families, ranked in terms of numbers of speakers, are Indo- European, Sino- Tibetan, Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, and Austro- nesian. Indo- European is the predominant language family in Europe and West and South Asia.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Technology (2014)

by Sin-Wai Chan

[Afro-Asiatic] Arabic (Algeria), Arabic (Bahrain), Arabic (Egypt), Arabic (Iraq), Arabic (Jordan), Arabic (Kuwait), Arabic (Lebanon), Arabic (Libya), Arabic ( Morocco), Arabic (Oman), Arabic (Qatar), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Arabic (Syria), Arabic ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2007)

by P.H. Matthews

*Afro-Asiatic, across North Africa, the Sahara, and the adjacent Near East, includes, as its largest member, *Arabic. A *Khoisan group consists of a minority towards the southern tip of the continent. 'Nilo-Sa haran' represents a speculative ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East (2009)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

to present ancestry: Egyptian language: Coptic (Afro-Asiatic) (largely extinct); Arabic (Afro-Asiatic)b c.e. ca. 40 Christianity established in Egypt. 100s Coptic language. thought to have been among the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Ugaritic Language in the Alphabetic Tradition (2 vols) (2015)

Third Revised Edition by Gregorio del Olmo Lete, Joaquín Sanmartín

like = separation of morphemes into transcribed segments II Linguistic Terminology AA Afro-Asiatic abs. absolute state abstr. abstract acc. accusative act. active adj. adjective ad loc. ad locum admin. administration, administrative adv. adverb ...

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