Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Afroasiatic Languages

$171.00 (R)

Part of Cambridge Language Surveys

Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Erin Shay, Maarten Kossmann, Antonio Loprieno, Matthias Mueller, Gene B. Gragg, Robert D. Hoberman, Maarten Mous, Azeb Amha
View all contributors
  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521865333

$ 171.00 (R)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact [email protected] providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Afroasiatic languages are spoken by some 300 million people in Northern, Central and Eastern Africa and the Middle East. This book is the first typological study of these languages, which are comprised of around 375 living and extinct varieties. They are an important object of study because of their typological diversity in the areas of phonology (some have tone; others do not), morphology (some have extensive inflectional systems; others do not), position of the verb in the clause (some are verb-initial, some are verb-medial, and some are verb-final) and in the semantic functions they encode. This book documents this typological diversity and the typological similarities across the languages and includes information on endangered and little-known languages. Requiring no previous knowledge of the specific language families, it will be welcomed by linguists interested in linguistic theory, typology, historical linguistics and endangered languages, as well as scholars of Africa and the Middle East.

    • The first typological study of Afroasiatic languages
    • Does not require previous knowledge of the specific language families
    • Includes information on endangered and little-known languages
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Formerly dominated by research on historical reconstruction, this volume provides a new perspective on Afroasiatic by focusing on the typological wealth characterising this phylum.' Bernd Heine, University of Cologne

    'This volume is a wonderfully comprehensive and yet entirely accessible compilation of where we stand today in the study of Afroasiatic, one the world's most important established deep-time language families.' Chris Ehret, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521865333
    • length: 708 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 6 maps 99 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay
    2. Berber Maarten Kossmann
    3. Ancient Egyptian and Coptic Antonio Loprieno and Matthias Mueller
    4. Semitic Gene B. Gragg and Robert D. Hoberman
    5. Chadic Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay
    6. Cushitic Maarten Mous
    7. Omotic Azeb Amha
    8. Typological outline of the Afroasiatic phylum Zygmunt Frajzyngier.

  • Editors

    Zygmunt Frajzyngier, University of Colorado Boulder
    Zygmunt Frajzyngier is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

    Erin Shay, University of Colorado Boulder
    Erin Shay is a Research Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


    Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Erin Shay, Maarten Kossmann, Antonio Loprieno, Matthias Mueller, Gene B. Gragg, Robert D. Hoberman, Maarten Mous, Azeb Amha

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email [email protected]

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.