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Afro-Asiatic Languages
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Together with other Semitic languages, Arabic belongs to the greater language family (or ‘phylum’, as some linguists prefer) called Afro-Asiatic (some scholars prefer the spelling Afroasiatic, since Semitic languages are spoken both in Africa and in Asia; ‘Afro-Asiatic’ was contracted by Diakonoff to ‘Afrasian’). This name has largely, although not completely, supplanted the older Hamito-Semitic (with variants Hamitosemitic and Semitohamitic/Semito-Hamitic), which has been criticized for its ina…

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Andrzej Zaborski, “Afro-Asiatic Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0008>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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