Afrasian

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Related to Afro-Asiatic languages: Hamito-Semitic
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Noun1.Afrasian - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and AfricaAfrasian - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Chadic, Chadic language, 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, Hamitic language - a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
Egyptian - the ancient and now extinct language of Egypt under the Pharaohs; written records date back to 3000 BC
Berber - a cluster of related dialects that were once the major language of northern Africa west of Egypt; now spoken mostly in Morocco
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; closely related to Cushitic languages
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In Afro-Asiatic languages this is a very fundamental syntactic distinction.
He has studied many grammatical features found in both Celtic and Afro-Asiatic languages and found many of them shared features which were rare in other languages.
Volume one includes articles on Semitic (the more extensively covered family in the collection) and other Afro-Asiatic languages.