Re: Egyptian based Conlangs
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, December 18, 1998, 14:47|
Josh Roth wrote:
> Amost :-) Amharic is a Semitic language!
Can you provide a reference for this? Ruhlen (who is pretty
sound on the lower branches of the tree, whatever you think of
his top-level stuff), the Ethnologue, Comrie's _World's Major
Languages_ all agree: Amharic is not Semitic.
The term "Hamito-Semitic" is an old name for Afroasiatic, the
family to which these branches belong. (It was dropped because
it falsely implied a bilateral division between Semitic and
non-Semitic lgs which does not exist.)
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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