Phyla and waves: Models of classification of the semitic languages

John Huehnergard, Aaron D. Rubin

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This chapter gives a brief overview of the internal classification of the Semitic language family. The scheme promoted here is based on the earlier challenges made by R. Hetzron to the traditional subgrouping of the Semitic family. Problems addressed include the question of a South Semitic group, the features which distinguish the Central Semitic group, and the merits of the tree vs. wave model of classification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Semitic Languages
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Handbook
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783110251586
ISBN (Print)9783110186130
StatePublished - Dec 23 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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