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Dictionary Entry Year : 2018

South Arabian and Ge‘ez


It is generally admitted that South Arabic and Ethiopic languages are closely related and form a dialectal unity within the Semitic languages. The South Arabic presence in the North of Ethiopia is well attested and vice-versa. The later Axumite dominance in Yemen is evidenced by reliable sources. Even though South Arabia and Ethiopia were connected from a political point of view, Ethiopic is not an offshoot of the South Arabic. Geʿez, the classical Ethiopic, shares some phonological and morphological characteristics with a part of the South Arabic languages, mostly with the Epigraphic South Arabic, but there are significant differences between them.
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hal-03970331 , version 1 (02-02-2023)


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Maria Gorea. South Arabian and Ge‘ez. The Encyclopedia of ancient history., 2018. ⟨hal-03970331⟩
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