The Book of Origins


Volume II




Origin of "Semitic" Languages

An introductory original etymological investigation of the prehistoric ancestral linguistic nuclei and monosyllables of “Semitic” languages, primarily based on Akkadian and 


This website section of the Book of Origins is intended to provide a comprehensive overview in English for the Arabic version of the second volume of the Book of Origins: Origin of “Semitic” Languages published by AuthorHouse in September 2013. The English version of the first volume of the Book of Origins – Origin of the Arabic Numerals:  A natural history of numbers – was published in 2010 and followed in the same year by an expanded Arabic version that included new research on the origin of numeration, alphabets, measurements weights, litigation and money.

The new research involving the history of the Arabic numerals established their prehistoric origin and confirmed a linguistic link between small numbers and small words. The scope and depth of the multilayered research were expanded in an attempt to identify the origin of “Semitic” languages and, probably, the origin of natural linguistics. The unity of what is traditionally called “Semitic” languages may be traced in the roots, in the inflections, and in the general features of the syntax. Almost a thousand years before the publication in 1781 of Repertorium fuer biblische und morgenlaendische Literatur, linguists studying certain features of Canaanite (Phoenician), Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic noted the interrelationship of these languages. Other studies pointed to a prehistoric ancestral origin for these and more than sixty other languages, first named Ursemitische and later Proto-Semitic.

The research in the Origin of “Semitic” Languages confirmed that at one time in the remotest horizon of its history, the ancestral parent of “Semitic” languages consisted of a very limited number of biconsonantals and monosyllabic root morphemes, many of which were borrowed or adapted from the natural environment.
The research suggests that biconsonantals, not triconsonantals as is widely believed, were the original roots of “Semitic” languages. Words expressing the basic needs of primitive man, such as water, food, hut, stone, danger, etc., could be several thousand years older than the oldest attested Semitic language (i.e. Akkadian) or several tens of thousands.

Akkadian, Phoenician, Aramaic, and Arabic are formidable communicative tools, yet their biconsonantal roots, or linguistic nuclei, were found to be surprisingly small. Four hundred and thirty roots were identified in two categories - primaries and secondaries. Most are paired in units constituting the main body in the larger linguistic clusters, tens of which were listed and discussed in the Origin of Semitic Languages, and a selected number was presented in this paper along with tables, charts and supportive materials.

With what could be the greatest linguistic secret in history unveiled in the Origin of Semitic Languages for the first time in history, other important surprises may follow. Careful etymological analysis of linguistic nuclei, some of which were borrowed from animals and ancient environment, may present the true origin of scores of biblical names and ancient locations. Moreover, new windows can be opened on the various aspects of early societies to provide what appears to be a sufficiently clear picture of the their life, their first steps on the long road to civilisation, the origin of religion and, probably, the development of human consciousness.
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Following are the main pages of this section

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Arabic Website

Origin of Semitic Languages


> Introduction:Natural Linguistics

> Characteristics of "Semitic" Roots

> Prehistoric Genius

> Linguistic Structures

> Sources of "Semitic" Roots

> Thematic Linguistics (case & Situation)

> Historical Considerations

> Proto-"Semitic" Root

> The standard linguistic structure of old Semitic

> Cluster Tables

> Cluster Charts

The Power of Linguistic Cluster Integration


The standard linguistic structure of old Semitic


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