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Modern South Arabian languages

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Modern South Arabian
Geographic
distribution:
Yemen, Oman
Linguistic classification: Afro-Asiatic
 Semitic
  South Semitic
   Modern South Arabian
Subdivisions:

The Modern South Arabian languages are spoken mainly by minority populations in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen and Oman. In the opinion of many linguists[citation needed], they should not be confused with Old South Arabian, which together with the Ethiopian Semitic languages forms the Western South Semitic branch[citation needed]. In his glottochronology-based classification, A. Militarev presents the Modern South Arabian languages as a South Semitic branch opposed to a North Semitic branch that includes all the other Semitic languages.[1][2] They are no longer considered to be descendants of the Old South Arabian language, as was once thought. They are known for their apparent archaic Semitic features, especially in their system of phonology—for example, they preserve the lateral fricatives of Proto-Semitic.

References

  1. ^ http://www.krugosvet.ru/articles/77/1007711/1007711a1.htm
  2. ^ Once more about glottochronology and the comparative method: the Omotic-Afrasian case Alexander Militarev Moscow, Russian State University for the Humanities. http://starling.rinet.ru/Texts/fleming.pdf

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