Joseph Greenberg

1915 - 2001

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Joseph Harold Greenberg (May 28, 1915 – May 7, 2001) was an American linguist, known mainly for his work concerning linguistic typology and the genetic classification of languages. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Greenberg has received more than 143,694 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Joseph Greenberg is the 36th most popular linguist (up from 37th in 2019), the 1,622nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,616th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Linguist.

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Among linguists, Joseph Greenberg ranks 36 out of 160Before him are Johann Christoph Adelung, Pompeu Fabra, Friedrich August Wolf, Bedřich Hrozný, Ignác Goldziher, and Benjamin Lee Whorf. After him are Edgar de Wahl, Gabdulkhay Akhatov, André Martinet, Michel Bréal, Leonard Bloomfield, and Vasily Radlov.

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Among people born in 1915, Joseph Greenberg ranks 55Before him are Mario Monicelli, Takahito, Prince Mikasa, Henry Taube, Rashid Behbudov, Kaoru Ishikawa, and Denis Thatcher. After him are Alicia Rhett, Miroslav Filipović, László Csatáry, Thomas Huckle Weller, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este. Among people deceased in 2001, Joseph Greenberg ranks 51Before him are Indro Montanelli, W. G. Sebald, Stanley Kramer, Emilie Schindler, Francisco Rabal, and Giovanni Leone. After him are Joey Ramone, Vittorio Brambilla, Francisco da Costa Gomes, Katharine Graham, Edward Gierek, and Seishiro Shimatani.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Greenberg ranks 1,622 out of 15,968Before him are James Ellroy (1948), James Irwin (1930), Creighton Abrams (1914), Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Lance Armstrong (1971), and Lil Wayne (1982). After him are Joey Ramone (1951), Bo Diddley (1928), Josh Brolin (1968), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Marcheline Bertrand (1950), and Ed McBain (1926).

Among LINGUISTS In United States

Among linguists born in United States, Joseph Greenberg ranks 4Before him are Noam Chomsky (1928), William James Sidis (1898), and Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897). After him are Leonard Bloomfield (1887), George Lakoff (1941), William Labov (1927), Noah Webster (1758), Joshua Fishman (1926), Morris Swadesh (1909), George Kingsley Zipf (1902), and Stephen Krashen (1941).