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Semitic
Geographic
distribution:
Middle East, North Africa, Northeast Africa and Malta
Linguistic classification: Afro-Asiatic
  • Semitic
Proto-language: Proto-Semitic
Subdivisions:
East Semitic (extinct)
ISO 639-2 and 639-5: sem
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Approximate historical distribution of Semitic languages.

Semitic refers to a group of languages including Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic (the Semitic peoples). The name is from Shem, a son of Noah in Genesis (chapters 6-11).