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Northwest Semitic Languages
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1. NorthwestThe Northwest Semitic Languages

The term ‘Northwest Semitic’ is the traditional designation of a group of languages comprising Ugaritic, the Canaanite dialects, and the Aramaic dialects.

Ugaritic is the language of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Rās Šamra, on the northeast coast of the Mediterranean in Syria). The roughly eleven hundred Ugaritic texts are written in an alphabetic cune…

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John Hühnergard, “Northwest Semitic Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0234>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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