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闪米特语族下属语言在词法学上有一个被称为“不连续形态”的显著特征，即词汇的词根并不是独立的音节或单词，而是多个互相分离的辅音（通常为三个），借由相应的元音将分离的辅音词根联系起来而组成新词。例如，阿拉伯语中的k-t-b是与“写”相关的词根形式，用这个词根组成的词汇有كتاب kitāb（书的单数），كتب kutub（书的复数）、كاتب kātib（作家的单数）和كتّاب kuttāb（作家的复数）等。
- 古阿拉姆语 (oar)
- 阿拉姆语 (arc)
- Armazic (xrm)
- Mlahsö (lhs)
- 图罗尤语 (tru)
- 古典叙利亚语 (syc)
- 阿拉伯语 (ara)
- 古代北阿拉比亚语 (xna)
- 安达卢西亚阿拉伯语（在西班牙，Andalusian Arabic）(xaa)
- 阿尔及利亚撒哈拉口语 (aao)
- 塔吉克口语 (abh)
- Arabic, Baharna Spoken (abv)
- 美索不达米亚口语 (acm)
- Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni Spoken (acq)
- 希贾兹口语Arabic, Hijazi Spoken (acw)
- 阿曼口语Arabic, Omani Spoken (acx)
- 塞浦路斯口语Arabic, Cypriot Spoken (acy)
- Arabic, Dhofari Spoken (adf)
- 突尼斯口语 (aeb)
- Arabic, Sa`idi Spoken (aec)
- 波斯湾口语 (afb)
- 南黎凡特口语 (ajp)
- 犹太-突尼斯口语Arabic, Judeo-Tunisian (ajt)
- 犹太-摩洛哥口语Arabic, Judeo-Moroccan (aju)
- 北黎凡特口语 (apc)
- 苏丹口语 (apd)
- 标准阿拉伯语 (arb)
- 阿尔及利亚口语 (arq)
- 纳季德口语 (ars)
- 摩洛哥口语 (ary)
- 埃及口语 (arz)
- 乌兹别克口语 (auz)
- Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken (avl)
- Arabic, Hadrami Spoken (ayh)
- 利比亚口语 (ayl)
- 萨那口语 (ayn)
- 北美索不达米亚口语 (ayp)
- 犹太-也门口语Arabic, Judeo-Yemeni (jye)
- Hassaniyya (mey)
- 马耳他语 (mlt)
- 乍得口语Arabic, Chadian Spoken (shu)
- Arabic, Shihhi Spoken (ssh)
- 犹太-伊拉克口语Arabic, Judeo-Iraqi (yhd)
- Arabic, Judeo-Tripolitanian (yud)
- 阿拉伯语 (ara)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian (编). Semitic. Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 2016.
- Kitto, John. A Cyclopædia of Biblical Literature. London: W. Clowes and Sons. 1845: 192.
That important family of languages, of which the Arabic is the most cultivated and most widely-extended branch, has long wanted an appropriate common name. The term Oriental languages, which was exclusively applied to it from the time of Jerome down to the end of the last century, and which is even now not entirely abandoned, must always have been an unscientific one, inasmuch as the countries in which these languages prevailed are only the east in respect to Europe; and when Sanskrit, Chinese, and other idioms of the remoter East were brought within the reach of our research, it became palpably incorrect. Under a sense of this impropriety, Eichhorn was the first, as he says himself (Allg. Bibl. Biblioth. vi. 772), to introduce the name Semitic languages, which was soon generally adopted, and which is the most usual one at the present day. [...] In modern times, however, the very appropriate designation Syro-Arabian languages has been proposed by Dr. Prichard, in his Physical History of Man. This term, [...] has the advantage of forming an exact counterpart to the name by which the only other great family of languages with which we are likely to bring the Syro-Arabian into relations of contrast or accordance, is now universally known—the Indo-Germanic. Like it, by taking up only the two extreme members of a whole sisterhood according to their geographical position when in their native seats, it embraces all the intermediate branches under a common band; and, like it, it constitutes a name which is not only at once intelligible, but one which in itself conveys a notion of that affinity between the sister dialects, which it is one of the objects of comparative philology to demonstrate and to apply.
- Bennett, Patrick R. Comparative Semitic Linguistics: A Manual. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns. 1998.
- Hetzron, Robert. The Semitic Languages. London/New York: Routledge. 1997.
- Baasten, Martin. A Note on the History of 'Semitic'. Hamlet on a Hill: Semitic and Greek Studies Presented to Professor T. Muraoka on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday. Peeters Publishers. 2003: 57–73. ISBN 9789042912151.
- Jonathan, Owens. The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. Oxford University Press. 2013: 2 [18 February 2014]. ISBN 0199344094.
- Modern Hebrew于《民族语》的链接（第18版，2015年）
- ^ Jump up to: a b Assyrian Neo-Aramaic at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Chaldean Neo-Aramaic at Ethnologue (14th ed., 2000).
- ^ Turoyo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Ethnologue Entry for Maltese, 21st ed., 2018
- Arabic. ethnologue.com. [14 April 2018].