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(ăf′rō-ā′zhē-ăt′ĭk, -shē-, -zē-)
A large family of languages spoken in northern Africa and southwest Asia, comprising the Semitic, Chadic, Cushitic, Berber, Omotic, and ancient Egyptian languages; formerly known as Hamito-Semitic.

Af′ro-A′si·at′ic adj.


(Languages) Also called: Semito-Hamitic a family of languages of SW Asia and N Africa, consisting of the Semitic, ancient Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic subfamilies
(Languages) denoting, belonging to, or relating to this family of languages
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Noun1.Afro-Asiatic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and AfricaAfro-Asiatic - 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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This volume contains papers presented at a conference on Afro-Asiatic (Semitio-Hamitic) held in Berlin in 2004.
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This volume continues the impressive undertaking of Takacs (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary), presenting the Afro-Asiatic parallels to the Egyptian roots with initial m-.
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The term used by historians to describe African races and linguistic patterns such as Afro-Asiatic or Afro-Hamitic and their social formation, historical evolution, language, hieroglyphic scripts, and cultural artifacts are not included in this analysis.

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