Afroasiatic language


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Noun1.Afroasiatic language - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and AfricaAfroasiatic language - 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.
He believes that a Eurocentric interpretation of the past, which he labels the 'Aryan Model', has over the last two centuries systematically denied the Afroasiatic language group its rightful deserts in the development of western culture.
All three are in the Afroasiatic language phylum, and are in contact with each other, he says, so common features are vividly in evidence, but he also finds significant contrasts in relation to verbal derivation and nominalization.
Personally, I remain totally unconvinced that Chadic is an Afroasiatic language. I cannot claim to know Chadic, but I have looked at the evidence that has been adduced in favor of the Chadic connection.
Fleming is convinced that Ongota is an Afroasiatic language but in a class by itself.
Wolaitta is a language from the Omotic branch of the Afroasiatic language family and is spoken in Ethiopia.
It is only coincidental that Amharic, like Hausa, happens to be an African Afroasiatic language receiving exhaustive treatment by the leading specialist on the language and its family.
In Zygmunt Frajzyngier & Erin Shay (eds.), The Afroasiatic languages, 423-504.
In Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay (eds.), The Afroasiatic languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 236-341.
Richard Hayward (2000) informs us that linguists should be particularly aware of the intellectual debt owed by the Western world to speakers of Afroasiatic languages because of the enormous breakthrough they attained in the expression of language in written form and made possible alphabetic writing.
The origins of speech in Afroasiatic languages and Sino-Caucasian
The pattern *[C.sub.1][C.sub.2][C.sub.3][C.sub.2][C.sub.3] occurs throughout West Semitic, but is absent from East Semitic.ss Even though it is not found in East Semitic, the pattern *[C.sub.1][C.sub.2][C.sub.3][C.sub.2][C.sub.3] can be reliably reconstructed to Proto-Semitic since similar forms are attested in other Afroasiatic languages, such as Egyptian swtwt 'Spazierweg' (EG 4.1 78) and whahs 'Uberhebung' (EG 1.2 340).