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Along with Phoenician, Hebrew, Ammonite and Edomite, Moabite belongs to the group of North-Western Semitic languages, being the local variant of Cananaean language as spoken in Southern Transjordan, to the east of the Dead Sea, right in front of the kingdom of Judah. Along with onomastics, morphological features, such as, among others, the masculine plural ending -în, betray north-Arabic influences. Moabite enjoyed literary flourishing under King Meša, in the middle of the 9th century BC, but died out approximately a century later, right after the small Transjordanian kingdom fell under Assyrian control.