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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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Besides Arabic, they speak their own Beja, also known as Bedawiya, an Afroasiatic language that has no written form.
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 CorpAfroAs Corpus of Spoken AfroAsiatic Languages (pp.
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 .
Whereas the first event is expressed by means of a lexical root, the second is expressed by means of a derivational suffix, as I will show for the Afroasiatic Chadic language Hausa (Section 2.
Not even approaches that would support that of the author(s), notably Christopher Ehret's (1995) work on core elements in Afroasiatic vocabulary, are mentioned.
The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, Volume I: The Fabrication, of Ancient Greece 1785-1985 (New Brunswick, N.
Esto es equivalente a incluir variables binarias para cuatro de las cinco regiones (Africa, America, Westasia y Eastasia) y para las cuatro familias principales (Indoeuropean, Afroasiatic, Nigercongo y Sinotibetan).
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.
Among the topics are a semantic map approach to a typology of impersonal constructions, impersonal constructs and accusative subjects in late Latin, the case of meteorological predication in Afroasiatic, a diachronic study of the impersonal passive in Ainu, and impersonal constructions in some Oceanic languages.
Related are Eurasiatic *watV and Afroasiatic *wat-.