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%
83%
0%
16%
12
flagthe Netherlands
33%
58%
8%
0%
12
flagItaly
0%
50%
50%
0%
10
flagGermany
13%
48%
20%
16%
43
flagPoland
13%
42%
24%
18%
2451
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
40%
24%
23%
82
flagthe United States
14%
37%
30%
17%
56
flagUnknown
21%
28%
32%
17%
28
flagIndia
18%
25%
37%
18%
16

Gender

men43%
women36%
Balto-Slavic
12%
14%
Semitic
43%
36%
Turkic
23%
33%
Dravidian
20%
15%

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