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African Languages

African Languages  

The African continent forms one of the most complex linguistic areas of the world; estimates of the number of languages spoken there range from seven hundred to three thousand. Barely ...
Afroasiatic Languages

Afroasiatic Languages  

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The Afroasiatic (or Afro-Asiatic) family includes the Semitic, Berber, Cushitic, Egyptian, and Chadic branches. Altogether, about 250 members of the family are known, most of them belonging to Chadic ...
alphabet

alphabet  

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1. A particular sequential arrangement of a set of letters or other graphic symbols used to write a language in which these graphemes are used to represent the basic speech sounds or phonemes.2. A ...
Arabs

Arabs  

Ancient tribes and peoples who lived in, and around the modern Arabian peninsula. Herodotus was acquainted with the Arabs of southern Palestine and the Sinai, and mentions the Arabs of the incense ...
Aramaic

Aramaic  

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A branch of the Semitic family of languages, especially the language of Syria used as a lingua franca in the Near East from the 6th century bc, later dividing into varieties one of which included ...
Persian

Persian  

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The Persian language is a southwestern member of the Iranian language family, in the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European. Its three major varieties, all official languages, are Persian of Iran (40 ...
Qur'ān

Qur'ān  

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The sacred book of Islam, which Muhammad claimed had been revealed to him as the Word of God, through the mediation of the archangel Gabriel.
Semitic

Semitic  

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Relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the ...
Urdu

Urdu  

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An Indic language closely related to Hindi but written in the Persian script and having many loanwords from Persian and Arabic. It is the official language of Pakistan, and is also widely used in ...

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