The major branches of the Afroasiatic language family. Arabic is now spoken in the area shown as belonging to Ancient Egyptian. Though Greenberg's classification of African languages is now broadly accepted, it was for many years bitterly resisted by British Africanists. In linguistics as in other academic fields, specialists tend to resent the generalist who shows how their little patch relates to a larger order. Paul Newman, a linguist at Indiana University, recalls visiting the London School of Oriental and African Studies around 1970, some 15 years after the first publication of Greenberg's African work. He was told that it was quite safe for him to go into the common room, as long as he did not mention Greenberg's name.275
After his African classification, Greenberg turned his attention to the question of American Indian languages. Taking note of the archaeological findings that the Americas had been settled only recently, Greenberg
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