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.

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Balto-Slavic
Semitic
Turkic
Dravidian
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flagSpain
0%
71%
14%
14%
14
flagGermany
12%
52%
20%
16%
50
flagthe Netherlands
25%
50%
18%
6%
16
flagItaly
0%
45%
54%
0%
11
flagPoland
14%
40%
25%
18%
3829
flagthe United Kingdom
13%
38%
24%
23%
106
flagthe United States
17%
34%
31%
15%
63
flagUnknown
21%
31%
29%
17%
267
flagSweden
20%
30%
30%
20%
10
flagIndia
18%
25%
37%
18%
16

Gender

men35%
women35%
Balto-Slavic
16%
14%
Semitic
35%
35%
Turkic
27%
33%
Dravidian
20%
16%

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