Afro-Asiatic languages

language family

Afro-Asiatic is a large language family. Almost all of the languages in the Afro-Asiatic family are spoken in Africa and southwestern Asia. Most linguists believe that the origins of Afro-Asiatic lie somewhere in eastern Africa, particularly around the Horn area; this is because Afro-Asiatic languages are the most diverse there. The Afro-Asiatic language family is divided into several smaller groups such as:

Horn of Africa, North Africa, Sahel, and Middle East[1]
Linguistic classification:One of the world's major language families
Egyptian (extinct)
ISO 639-2 and 639-5:afa
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  1. Nanjira, Daniel Don (2010). African Foreign Policy and Diplomacy from Antiquity to the 21st Century. ABC-CLIO. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-313-37982-6.
  2. Sands, Bonny (2009). "Africa’s Linguistic Diversity". Language and Linguistics Compass 3/2 (2009): 559–580, 10.1111/j.1749-818x.2008.00124.x