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« on: May 19, 2010, 04:18:47 PM »

Is ancient Egyptian a semitic language?
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010, 04:24:43 PM »

No.

It's part of the larger Afro-Asiatic language group, of which the Semitic tongues (Hebrew, Arabic, Ge'ez, etc) are a subgroup, but the Egyptian language comprise their own subgroup.

In short, it's related as, say, French and Russian are sub-groups in the Indo-European language group.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010, 04:25:14 PM »

Is ancient Egyptian a semitic language?
No. It is, however, related, as a seperate branch, in the same Hamito-Semitic/Afro-Asiatic language family.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 04:45:59 PM »

Is ancient Egyptian a semitic language?
No. It is, however, related, as a seperate branch, in the same Hamito-Semitic/Afro-Asiatic language family.
Oh so Arabic,Hebrew and Egyptian aren't related to each other?
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2010, 04:47:56 PM »

Does anyone know I can type in Coptic?
what I do to type in Greek is caps lock then hold shift+alt+2 and I get my Greek keyboard.
I want something similar to that.

What are some similar words between them all?
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2010, 04:59:19 PM »

Does anyone know I can type in Coptic?
what I do to type in Greek is caps lock then hold shift+alt+2 and I get my Greek keyboard.
I want something similar to that.

What are some similar words between them all?

http://www.copticchurch.net/coptic_fonts/
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2010, 05:00:51 PM »

Is ancient Egyptian a semitic language?
No. It is, however, related, as a seperate branch, in the same Hamito-Semitic/Afro-Asiatic language family.
Oh so Arabic,Hebrew and Egyptian aren't related to each other?


Not directly.  There may be some distant etymological links, but, on the whole, no.  Again, they're as related as French and Russian are: members of the same large language family (eg. Indo-European) but are from different sub-groups (Romance and Slavic, respectively).
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2010, 05:21:42 PM »

Is ancient Egyptian a semitic language?
No. It is, however, related, as a seperate branch, in the same Hamito-Semitic/Afro-Asiatic language family.
Oh so Arabic,Hebrew and Egyptian aren't related to each other?

It is related, but not as closely as Arabic and Hebrew are related to each other.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2010, 08:09:18 PM »

Here's an article on Afro-Asiatic languages:

http://en.allexperts.com/e/a/af/afro-asiatic_languages.htm
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