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Afroasiatic language

Definition of the noun afroasiatic 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 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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Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World (2010)

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, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

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 ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of Egyptian (2007)


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 ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia (2000)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Africa (2010)

by Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates

They speak an AfroAsiatic language and are one ...

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