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Definition of the noun afroasiatic

What does afroasiatic mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: -

  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: Afro-Asiatic
    • synonyms of Afroasiatic: 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

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Google previewHieroglyphic Egyptian (2013)

An Introduction to the Language and Literature of the Middle Kingdom by Daniel L. Selden

Like Indo-European, Afroasiatic is the name for a group of widely disseminated languages, all historically related and perhaps derived from a single source.

Google previewAfrican Languages (2000)

An Introduction by Bernd Heine, Derek Nurse

Of the four, Afroasiatic is the most widely recognised, the best analysed, and has the ...

Google previewAffairs and Scandals in Ancient Egypt (2003)

by Pascal Vernus

Afroasiatic is a group of related languages divided into five branches: Egyptian, Semitic (including, inter alia, Hebrew and Arabic), Libyco-Berber, the Kushitic languages, and Chadic. Egyptian is thus somewhat distantly related to Arabic. 53 .

Google previewDictionary of Languages (1998)

The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages by Andrew Dalby

AFROASIATIC. LANGUAGE. family have a masculine/feminine gender distinction , feminine forms being marked. Theodor Benfy demonstrated the relationship between Egyptian and the Semitic languages in 1844, and named the family ...

Google previewWorld Lexicon of Grammaticalization (2002)

by Bernd Heine, Tania Kuteva

Chadic, Afroasiatic Gikuyu see Kikuyu Gimira; Omotic, Afroasiatic Gisiga; Chadic, Afroasiatic Gobu see Gabu Godie; Kru, Niger-Congo Gokana; Benue-Congo, Niger-Congo Gola; West Atlantic, Niger-Congo Gothic; Germanic, ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Language (2002)

by N.E. Collinge

It is now generally recognised that the languages of Africa fall into four major families: Afroasiatic, predominating in the north and spreading into Asia; NiloSaharan, predominating innorthcentral subSaharan Africa; Khoisan, represented mainly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

seminal and now widely accepted classification, African languages group into four distinct phyla- or superfamilies: Afroasiatic, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, and Khoisan. The Afroasiatic phylum contains almost ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought (2010)

by Abiola Irele

II: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization: The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990. Bernal, Martin. Black Athena, Vol. III: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization: The ...

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: AfroAsiatic, NigerKordofanian, NiloSaharan and Khoisan. AfroAsiatic, often ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

The Afroasiatic family, also called “Erythraic” or “Hamito-Semitic,” is distributed throughout northern and eastern Africa. It includes the following subfamilies: Semitic, Berber, Cushitic, Chadic, and extinct Egyptian. With the exception of Semitic, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

Black Athena: The Afroasiatic roots of classical civilisation (Vol. 1). London: Free Association. Bernal, M. (1991). Black Athena: The Afroasiatic roots of classical civilisation (Vol ...

Google previewDictionary of World Philosophy (2013)

by A. Pablo Iannone

A number of these points can be found, for example, in Martin Bernal's Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, a book that galvanized the Afrocentric- Eurocentric controversy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These views ...

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Scrabble value of A1F4R1O1A1S1I1A1T1I1C3

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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