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Cairt shawin the distribution o Semitic leids

In studies o lingueestics an ethnology, the term Semitic (frae the biblical "Shem", Ebreu: שם‎‎) wis first uised tae refer tae a faimily o leids native tae Wast Asie (the Middle East). The leids evolved an spread tae Asie Minor, North Africae, the Horn o Africae an Maltae, an are nou referred tae cumulatively as the Semitic leids. The leids include the auncient an modren forms o Ahlamu; Akkadian (includin Assirie an Babylonian dialects); Amharic; Amalekite; Ammonite; Amorite; Arabic; Aramaic/Syriac; the Canaanite leids (Phoenician, Punic or Carthaginian an Ebreu); Assirian; Chaldean; Eblaite; Edomite; Ge'ez; Auld Sooth Arabian; Modren Sooth Arabian leids; Maltese; Mandaic; Moabite; Proto-Sinaitic; Sutean; Syriac; Tigre an Tigrinya; an Ugaritic, amang ithers.