Joseph H. Greenberg

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Joseph H. Greenberg (Born 1915 in Brooklyn, New York) is a prominent linguist.

He developed a new classification system for African Languages, which he finally published in 1963. He uses four major phyla. After some initial criticism his work has gained general acceptance. He later worked on the classification of South American languages and of the languages of New Guinea. He also conducted research on universally used grammar principles (s. Greenberg Univerals).