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Category "Language families"
Actual numbers for Afroasiatic speakers
Migration and population replacement
So did the Afro-Asiatic speakers replace or dominate the earlier populations of the Middle East/North Africa? I know that for Europe it is thought that the Indo-European speakers only dominated the local population and most modern Europeans actually descend from the earlier population but there is no information about this matter in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 07:46, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Europeans(especially Western Europeans, West and East Slaves) actually descend from the Indo-Europeans, as for the Afro-Asiatic people, they are the ancestors of all modern Afro-Asiatic speakers except the Semites. The Proto-Semites dominated the local population and later merged with them forming the Modern Semites. --126.96.36.199 (talk) 10:31, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
An editor now for the second time made an edit to the effect that Afroasiatic languages are spoken in West Africa, as opposed to just the Sahel. The rationale is that Arabic is spoken as a lingua franca all over the West African countries (source: edit summary of first edit). I think this notion is wrong on two points: The geographic distribution should only include areas where a language (family) is spoken as a mother tongue. And I think it is an exaggeration to claim that Arabic serves as a lingua franca in any sub-Saharan country. Certainly it is the language of Islam, but no-one ever uses it outside of a religious context - that is not anyone's definition of a lingua franca. Can we get a consensus that we keep the geographic distribution to the Sahel and not all of West Africa? Landroving Linguist (talk) 05:36, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
- Arabic is an official language in the four Arab League states below the Sahara, but indeed none of these areas are in West Africa. The language family infobox documentation also indicates that this parameter is for the "geographic region in which its languages are mainly spoken." That would be the Sahel, where the Chadic languages are spoken. The main language family spoken in West Africa is instead Niger-Congo, so good call. Soupforone (talk) 16:09, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
que patetico as linguas berbero semiticas tiveram origem entre norte do saara e leste proximo não no congo; proto semitico arabia central, proto berbere possivelmente golfo de sidra e proto berbero semitico possivelmente entre foz do nilo sinai, natufianos etc — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 12:43, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
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