Protosemitic

Protosemitic

(ˌprəʊtəʊsɪˈmɪtɪk)
n
(Languages) the hypothetical parent language of the Semitic group of languages
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Gamier and Jacques (2012) argue that the gemination is a result of the supposedly ProtoSemitic process of y assimilation, a phenomenon which they connect to the w assimilation noted in Huehnergard (2005c): *baytlma > batttm.
The concept of Protosemitic is scorned, and the few times it appears, the word is dressed in derisive quotation marks.
A word in behalf of geographical classification and the term Protosemitic may not entirely be out of place.