Afroasiatic languages

The Egyptian Languages

The Egyptian branch of the Afroasiatic family comprises Ancient Egyptian and its descendant, Coptic. Both languages are now extinct, although a dialect of Coptic continues to be used liturgically by the Coptic Church (see Copts). Of all the Afroasiatic languages, Ancient Egyptian is the one for which there is the oldest surviving evidence.

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