Semitic languages

Language of Europe, superimposed over the political borders. What struck me: Basque and Hungarian have their own categories. Technically, so does Maltese, but that’s a semitic language and related to Arabic and Hebrew, among others. Also, “other...

historical-nonfiction: “Language of Europe, superimposed over the political borders. What struck me: Basque and Hungarian have their own categories. Technically, so does Maltese, but that’s a semitic.

Ge'ez language is an ancient South Semitic language that originated in Eritrea and the northern region of Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa. It later became the official language of the Kingdom of Aksum and Ethiopian imperial court.

Ge'ez language is an ancient South Semitic language that originated in Eritrea and the northern region of Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa. It later became the official language of the Kingdom of Aksum and Ethiopian imperial court.

14th century BC diplomatic letter in Akkadian, found in Amarna

The Amarna letters, written in Akkadian cuneiform, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia.

definitions  Dictionary.com Hebrew [hee-broo]  Spell Syllables •	Examples •	Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun 1. a member of the Semitic peoples inhabiting ancient Palestine and claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; an Israelite. 2. a Semitic language of the Afroasiatic family, the language of the ancient Hebrews, which, although not in a vernacular use from 100 b.c.to the 20th century, was retained as the scholarly and liturgicallanguage of Jews.

definitions Dictionary.com Hebrew [hee-broo] Spell Syllables • Examples • Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun 1. a member of the Semitic peoples inhabiting ancient Palestine and claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; an Israelite. 2. a Semitic language of the Afroasiatic family, the language of the ancient Hebrews, which, although not in a vernacular use from 100 b.c.to the 20th century, was retained as the scholarly and liturgicallanguage of Jews.

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Apart from people living in the savanna and eastern coast, most were illiterate using only oral methods of communication

The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.

The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.

Map showing the distribution of Semitic (orange) and other Afro-Asiatic language speakers today

Afroasiatic languages-en - Semitic languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arizona Senator's Son Used Homophobic, Anti-Semitic Language On Twitter

Arizona Senator's Son Used Homophobic, Anti-Semitic Language On Twitter

"He has apologized and I apologize as well," says Senator Jeff Flake.

11th century manuscript of the Hebrew Bible with Targum

century Hebrew Bible with targum, perhaps from Tunisia, found in Iraq.

Arabic and Hebrew: Why Semitic Languages Are Not Difficult

Arabic and Hebrew: Why Semitic Languages Are Not Difficult

••Phoenician alphabet•• table compares each letter w/ descendant alphabets: Latin / Greek / Phoenician / Hebrew / Arabic • Phoenicians (modern Lebanese) invented our modern alphabet 1050 BC • 1st consonantal (Proto-Canaanite) alphabet (abjad) • based on Egyptian hieroglyphics or N Semitic language as 1st widely used writing system - across Mediterranean • yes, before Paleo-Hebrew! or Aramaic (pre-Arabic) + Hebrew (stylistic variant of Aramaic) • Greek was 1st full alphabet incl. vowels

Each letter of Phoenician gave way to a new form in its daughter scripts. Left to right:Latin, Greek, Phoenician, Hebrew, Arabic

Arabic and Hebrew: Why Semitic Languages Are Not Difficult

Arabic and Hebrew: Why Semitic Languages Are Not Difficult

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