|Middle East, North Africa, Northeast Africa and Malta|
East Semitic (extinct)
|ISO 639-2 and 639-5:||sem|
Approximate historical distribution of Semitic languages.
The Semitic languages are a branch of the Afroasiatic language family, which originated in the Middle East. Semitic languages are spoken by more than 470 million people across much of Western Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, as well as in large expatriate communities in North America and Europe.