Old South Arabian

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Old South Arabian

n.
A set of closely related extinct Semitic languages, including Sabaean, attested in inscriptions from the eighth to the fifth century bc in Yemen, Oman, and elsewhere in the Arabian peninsula.
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2) Proto-Amorite (yielding Aramaic, which in turn develops into the Arabic sub-branch, including Safaitic, Lihyanic, Thamudian, and Classical and modern Arabic dialects) and [Proto-] South Semitic (developing into the Old South Arabian languages, such as Sabaean, Minean, and Qatabanian, in addition to Ethiopic), and (3) Akkadian.
I believe Olmo Lete is correct, however, in his view that the Modern South Arabian languages are not a direct continuation of the Old South Arabian languages.