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or Af•ro-A•si•at•ic

(ˌæf roʊˌeɪ ʒiˈæt ɪk, -ˌeɪ ʃi-, -ˌeɪ zi-)

1. a family of languages spoken or formerly spoken in SW Asia and Africa, having as branches Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic.
2. of or pertaining to Afroasiatic.
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Noun1.Afroasiatic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and AfricaAfroasiatic - 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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They cover what ancient North Arabian is; neither clear nor clarifying-yet clearly Arabic; the marked nominative in Arabic, Semitic, and Afroasiatic; the plural demonstratives and relatives based on *'Vl in Arabic and the origin of dialectical illi, and a stratal OT account of word stress in the Mehri of Bit Thuwar.
Besides Arabic, they speak their own Beja, also known as Bedawiya, an Afroasiatic language that has no written form.
Black Athena: Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, Volume I: The Fabrication of Ancient Greece, 1785-1985.
(4) Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization is about Martin Bernals's three-volume book "first published in 1987, 1991, and 2006, respectively" in which "He discusses ancient Greece in a new light." The article shows how "Bernal's thesis discusses the perception of ancient Greece in relation to Greece's African and Asiatic neighbors, especially the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians who, he believes, colonized ancient Greece" and that "a change in the Western perception of Greece took place from the 18th Century onward and that this change fostered a subsequent denial by Western academia of any significant African and Phoenician influence on ancient Greek civilization." (22)
At a certain point in "Gods of Egypt," an extravagantly silly foray into Afroasiatic mythology from director Alex Proyas, one wounded deity begs another to show him mercy ...
In Zygmunt Frajzyngier & Erin Shay (eds.), The Afroasiatic languages, 423-504.
The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, Volume I: The Fabrication, of Ancient Greece 1785-1985 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1987).
There are some exceptions of course: Said's (1978/1991) Orientalism is rather more anchored in literature and cultural studies; Bernal's (1991) Black Athena that explores The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (subtitle) discusses ancient Greece in relation to Africa and Asia.