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

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As such, the book, although it extends the analysis to another Semitic language, does not provide any new theories per se.
Phoenico-Punic is defined within the volume as a Northwest Semitic language of the Canaanite branch.
Assuming readers to have no previous experience speaking Arabic or any other Semitic language, and no background in linguistics, Al-Masri introduces everyday spoken Arabic as used in frequently encountered situations.
Akkadian, the only East Semitic language for which we have sufficient evidence for the deictic system, differs from most classical WS languages in that it only uses one base for all forms of the pronoun expressing near deixis and a second base for far deixis, both of which are fully declined for gender, number, and case.
The description of the feminine substantive here is a bit too detailed, if no emphasis is given to the fact that south Arabian languages also keep the -t suffix for feminine nouns outside the construct state, an archaic feature in all of south Arabia no longer present in any first millennium Semitic language.
Demonstrating the mixture of inputting dialects into Maltese, historically an Arabic dialect but synchronically a Semitic language in its own right, the author points to two future prefixes: se ~ sa ~ ser < seyyer, "going," and ha-, cognate with the aforementioned ha- (p.
For example, she and a student deciphered the ancient semitic language Ugaritic by mapping cognates and related morphological structures onto the related Hebrew 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.
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.
Focusing on Dhofar's highlanders' Semitic language Jibbali or Shehri, the series highlights the reason the UN lists Jibbali as one of the world's most endangered languages.
The Semitic language, which basically started to spread to the Middle East by the 7th century A.
A book titled Iran compiled in Amharic language (a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia) was also unveiled during the ceremony.