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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 You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)