The Canaanite languages are a subfamily of the Semitic languages, spoken by the ancient Canaanite peoples. Canaanite languages were also spoken in ancient times by the self-identified Hebrews who are believed to have immigrated to the Canaan region from the Chaldees. Of these, the most well-preserved is Biblical Hebrew, and the only Canaanite language spoken as a vernacular in modern times is Israeli Hebrew. See also Hebrew languages. Additionally, the Phoenician ports and mariners spoke Canaanite languages, and the language of their colony Carthage evolved into the Punic language.
Note that the term "Canaan" is used here in a geographical sense and not an ethnic one. In ancient times, Canaanite was spoken as a dialectual continuum of a variety of peoples who were regarded as ethnically and culturally distinct.
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