In which family of languages word roots are not themselves syllables or words, but instead are isolated sets of consonants?

Balto-Slavic
Semitic
Turkic
Dravidian
In Arabic, the root meaning "write" has the form k-t-b. From this root, words are formed by filling in the vowels, e.g. kitāb "book", kutub "books", kātib "writer", yaktubu "he writes" etc. Most scripts used to write Semitic omit some or all of the vowels, because the con­so­nants are the primary carriers of meaning.

Answers distribution

Balto-Slavic
Semitic
Turkic
Dravidian
answers
flagUkraine
9%
81%
0%
0%
11
flagSpain
0%
71%
14%
14%
14
flagGermany
11%
51%
19%
17%
52
flagItaly
0%
45%
54%
0%
11
flagthe Netherlands
26%
42%
26%
5%
19
flagPoland
14%
40%
25%
18%
3982
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
38%
24%
24%
108
flagSweden
18%
36%
27%
18%
11
flagthe United States
17%
34%
32%
15%
64
flagUnknown
21%
30%
29%
18%
280
flagFrance
0%
30%
30%
30%
10
flagIndia
18%
25%
37%
18%
16

Gender

men36%
women35%
Balto-Slavic
15%
14%
Semitic
36%
35%
Turkic
27%
32%
Dravidian
20%
16%

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