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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.
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(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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In his lengthy diachronic study to reconstruct a proto-language for the broken plural in Afro-Asiatic languages and Semitic, Ratcliffe (1992) surveys many languages revealing diverse patterns of plural and arguing convincingly that long -aa generally characterizes the broken plurals.
Speech in Afro-Asiatic languages: Afroasiatic words for speech and related meanings
In Afro-Asiatic languages this is a very fundamental syntactic distinction.

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