Classical Arabic

Authored by: Daniel Birnstiel

The Semitic Languages

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415731959
eBook ISBN: 9780429025563
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The Arabic branch of Semitic forms part of the West Semitic language group. It is grouped alongside Northwest Semitic and Ancient South Arabian as Central Semitic. In addition, Arabic together with Ancient South Arabian has participated in two linguistic areas, one with Canaanite and Aramaic, the other with (the ancestor of) Modern South Arabian and Ethiopian, explaining certain linguistic features shared between these branches (Huehnergard 2017: 7–11, Huehnergard and Rubin 2011).

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