And Rosta wrote:

> I'm without access to my reference books else I would check this rather
> than ask, but is Hamito-Semitic anything but a synonym for Afroasiatic,

It is a synonym.

> and
> is it not the case that Berber belongs to the Semitic branch of Afroasiatic?

Berber is not Semitic, but is one of the non-Semitic (aka "Hamitic", though
Hamitic is not a legitimate node in the classification) branches.
The others are Chadic, Cushitic, Egyptian/Coptic, and Omotic.
See .
The parent page,, is a handy
if not entirely uncontroversial resource for language family trees.


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