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Along with Phoenician, Hebrew, Moabite and Edomite, Ammonite belongs to the group of North-Western Semitic languages, representing the local variant of the Canaanite language as spoken in Northern Transjordan, to the northeast of the Dead Sea, in front of the kingdom of Israel. Onomastics betray a north-Arabic origin. Epigraphically recorded from the 8th century BC, in the 7th century Ammonite suffers from the growing cultural pressure of Aramaic and dies out: epigraphic records end by the 6th century BC.