Afro-Asiatic languages facts for kids

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Afroasiatic
Geographic
distribution:
Horn of Africa, North Africa, Sahel, and Middle East
Linguistic classification: One of the world's major language families
Proto-language: Proto-Afroasiatic
Subdivisions:
Cushitic
Chadic
Egyptian (extinct)
Omotic
ISO 639-2 and 639-5: afa
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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:

  • Semitic (only Afro-Asiatic subgroup with Asian members; also spoken in Ethiopia)
  • Egyptic
  • Chadic (spoken in North African countries such as Chad and Nigeria)
    • Hausa
  • Berber (spoken in northwest Africa)
    • Tuareg
  • Cushitic (spoken in northeast Africa)

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