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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Turkic
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flagSpain
0%
81%
0%
18%
11
flagGermany
6%
53%
21%
18%
32
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
45%
19%
19%
66
flagPoland
13%
43%
25%
17%
2029
flagthe United States
10%
42%
27%
19%
47
flagIndia
18%
25%
37%
18%
16

Gender

men44%
women37%
Balto-Slavic
11%
13%
Semitic
44%
37%
Turkic
23%
34%
Dravidian
20%
14%

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