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Definition of the noun afroasiatic language
What does afroasiatic language mean as a name of something?
- a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
- lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
- synonyms of Afroasiatic language: Afrasian / Afrasian language / Afro-Asiatic / Afroasiatic / 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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The Afroasiatic language phylum (or superfamily) contains more than 200 languages, even 372 according to Grimes (2000). In addition, a number of languages are documented only literally. With the exception of the extinct Sumerian, ...
Thus, click consonants occur in three of the four African language families; but while they are found throughout the Khoisan family, they occur in only one Afroasiatic language, Dahalo; and of the Niger-Congo languages, they are found only in ...
Omotic: A New Afroasiatic Language Family. Carbondale, Illinois, 1975., Southern Illinois University. Bender, M. L. & Fleming, H. C.: Non-Semitic Languages.= Bender, M. L.; Bowen, J. D.; Cooper, R. L.; Ferguson, C. A. (eds.): Language in ...
by Merriam-Webster, Inc
and •Afroasiatic language phyla. Africa is the most polyglot continent: estimates of the number of African languages range from 1,000 to 1,200. Many have numerous dialects. Distinctions in •tone play a significant role in nearly all ...
Encyclopedia of Africa (2010)
by Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates
They speak an AfroAsiatic language and are one ...
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