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Afro-Asiatic. No longer in technical use.


(Languages) a former name for Afro-Asiatic1
(Languages) denoting or belonging to this family of languages


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.Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and AfricaHamito-Semitic - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Part I, "Comparative Afro-Asiatic (Hamito-Semitic)," contains seven papers.
Tamashek is a division of Tuareg, the southern branch of Berber, which is part of the Afro-Asiatic or Hamito-Semitic family of languages.
Some of the main language families hypothesized by these scholars include the Sino-Tibetan family (usually subdivided into the Tibeto-Burman, Chinese, and Thai subfamilies); the Indo-European family (still represented today by dialects or branches such as Indic and Iranian, Greek, Armenian, Slavic, Baltic, Albanian, Celtic, Italic, and Germanic; and including two branches of now-dead languages, Hittite and Tocharlan); the Hamito-Semitic (or Afroasiatic) family; the Uralic and Altaic (or Ural-Altaic) family; the Finno-Ugric (a subdivision of the Uralic group of tongues); and others.
Stolbova, Hamito-Semitic Etymological Dictionary: Materials for a Reconstruction (Leiden: E.
Andrzej Zaborski's "Remarks on Derived Verbs in Hamito-Semitic" (pp.
This is yet another attempt to find for Dravidian a larger linguistic "hyper-family," this time the so-called "Nostratic," on the base of correspondences between Dravidian, Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, and Hamito-Semitic.
I should expect a mention of the diagrams in my papers "Zum hamitosemitischen Charakter des Berberischen," Asien Afrika, Lateinamerika 21 (1988): 180-84; "Archaic Semitic in the Light of Hamito-Semitic," Zeitschrift fur Althe-brdistik 7 (1994): 234-44 (reproduced in E.