Old South Arabian


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Old South Arabian

n.
A set of closely related extinct Semitic languages, including Sabaean, attested in inscriptions from the eighth to the fifth century bc in Yemen, Oman, and elsewhere in the Arabian peninsula.
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Schiettecatte's analysis ends in the fifth century, but Old South Arabian culture continues until supplanted by the early Islamic conquest.
Inscriptions by the gateway in old South Arabian alphabet refer to the foundation of the city and evidence from utensils, coins and pottery found at the site indicate that Sumhuram enjoyed strong maritime links with the countries of the Mediterranean region, India and the Gulf.
Given the many important grammatical differences between Old South Arabian and Arabic, however, one cannot simply assume a close genetic relationship between these two distinct languages used in the Arabian peninsula.
2) Proto-Amorite (yielding Aramaic, which in turn develops into the Arabic sub-branch, including Safaitic, Lihyanic, Thamudian, and Classical and modern Arabic dialects) and [Proto-] South Semitic (developing into the Old South Arabian languages, such as Sabaean, Minean, and Qatabanian, in addition to Ethiopic), and (3) Akkadian.
This view groups Arabic with Old South Arabian and Northwest Semitic, with Modern South Arabian under a different node along with Ethiopic in the South Semitic subbranch.
For a more detailed treatment of Old South Arabian (OSA) numismatics the reader is referred to S.
notes that the Modern South Arabian languages "probably" do not directly derive from Old South Arabian (p.