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Afroasiatic Languages

Bonny Sands

in Linguistics

ISBN: 9780199772810
Published online October 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199772810-0048
Afroasiatic Languages

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Afroasiatic languages are found across North Africa and throughout much of East Africa and the Middle East. Afroasiatic is generally considered to be composed of the language families Berber, Chadic, Cushitic, Egyptian, Omotic, and Semitic. Well-known Afroasiatic languages include Arabic, Ancient Egyptian, Somali, Tuareg, and Hausa. There are approximately four hundred Afroasiatic languages, either living or recorded but extinct. They have been written with scripts ranging from hieroglyphs and cuneiform to alphabets and abjads (scripts that notate consonants but that do not fully indicate vowels).

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Anthropological Linguistics ; Language Families ; Psycholinguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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