Central Semitic languages
Different classification systems disagree on the precise structure of the group. The most common approach divides it into Arabic and Northwest Semitic, while
SIL Ethnologuehas South Central Semitic(including Arabic and Hebrew) vs. Aramaic.
The main distinction between Arabic and the Northwest Semitic languages is the presence of
broken plurals in the former. The majority of Arabic masculine non-human nouns form plurals in this manner (called inanimate plural), whereas almost all nouns in the Northwest Semitic languages form their plurals with a suffix. For example, the Arabic بيت "bayt" ("house") becomes بيوت "buyūt" ("houses"); the Hebrew בית "bayit" ("house") becomes בתים "battīm" ("houses").
Northwest Semitic languages
*cite book|author=Sabatino Moscati|title=An Introduction to Comparative Grammar of Semitic Languages Phonology and Morphology|publisher=Harrassowitz Verlag|year=1980|id=ISBN 3-447-00689-7
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