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In paleolinguistics a Semitism is a grammatical or syntactical behaviour in a language which reveals that the influence of a Semitic language is present. The most common example is the influence of Aramaic on some texts written in Jewish Koine Greek.[1]

Semitism is also as stated in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary: `policy or predisposition favorable to Jews.'[2]


  1. ^ Jonathan T. Pennington Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew - Page 105 - 2007 "This nuanced difference between a “Semitic enhancement” and a “Semitism” enables us to reconsider whether an apparent linguistic anomaly in Greek (such as plural ) is truly a “Semitism” and not merely an “enhancement.”"
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See also[edit]

Otherwise the term Semitism is rare but may refer to: