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
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
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).