Semitic language


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a name used to designate a group of Asiatic and African languages, some living and some dead, namely: Hebrew and PhŒnician, Aramaic, Assyrian, Arabic, Ethiopic (Geez and Ampharic).
- Encyc. Brit.

See also: Semitic

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For the past half century or so, many Arabic linguists have focused on other Islamic languages such as Persian and Turkish or on Arabic dialects, at the expense of studying it as a Semitic language. Here linguists attempt to reverse that trend with studies in comparative Semitic and Arabic studies.
These demonstrative forms are exclusively found in these two branches and in no other Semitic language.
It is a politically motivated, devious and insidious accusation to besmirch advocates of Palestinian human rights in this way as if Palestinians were not Semites, and Arabic with Hebrew were not a great Semitic language.
Petrovich's Hebrew identification for the ancient inscriptions is starved for evidence, said biblical scholar and Semitic language specialist Christopher Rollston of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The night's festivitiesNorth America's sixth annual celebration of Sigd, an Ethiopian Jewish holidayofficially began when four men chanted in Ge'ez, an ancient Semitic language that developed in Ethiopia and Eritrea, as they carried large rainbow umbrellas made of fabric to the stage.
Jibbali is a Semitic language and one of the Modern South Arabian (henceforth, MSA) languages.
Ultimately, Sinai 357 is the product of cultural and linguistic contact between speakers of Egyptian, Hurrian, and a Northwest Semitic language.
of Texas-Austin) summarizes the grammar of the Semitic language Ugaritic for students who are already at least slightly familiar with Biblical Hebrew.
The languages were chosen for different reasons: Cairene Arabic, because it is the best described of the Neo-Arabic varieties; Turoyo, because it is most abundantly documented; and Amharic because it is the modern Semitic language in which the StP constructions expanded the farthest.
Unless a misprint, (7) it might provide an interesting piece of evidence for the East Gurage affiliation of the text, since Zway is the only Ethiopian Semitic language where the final *-a of the perfect is regularly dropped: dalas 'he waited' (Meyer 2005: 112).
Where Semitists and historical linguists in general have been overly hasty to attribute language change to language contact, including some very ill-conceived notions of "contact" that often involve considerable hand-waving, Kapeliuk has distinguished herself by addressing the larger picture suggested by the evidence of relatively far-flung but ultimately related languages, positing internal processes driven by their own evolution as an alternative to traditional narratives of contact, induced change ("Languages in Contact: The Contemporary Semitic World," "Some Common Traits in the Evolution of Neo-Syriac and Neo-Ethiopian," "Regularity and Deviation in Peripheral Neo-Semitic," "Is Modern Hebrew the Only 'Indo-Europeanized' Semitic Language? And what about Neo-Aramaic?").