The Cypriot Phoenician Connection

For a long time Cyprus was the principal colony of the Phoenicians. A strong hold, many Phoenicians lived in Cyprus. The Phoenicians spoke the Phoenician language, which belongs to the group of Canaanite languages in the Semitic language family. It is according to one linguist I spoke to, close enough to Aramaic that it was mutually intelligible. More on this at Cyprus Forum.