346) See ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRECOLONIAL AFRICA, supra note 342, at 160-61 (asserting that contrary to traditional belief, recent studies have proven that Afrasian
did not originate in Southwestern Asia, but in the Ethiopian highlands, and it later spread north to Egypt and Southwestern Asia); Ancient World and Africa, supra note 123, at 46-47 (explaining that, of the five major groupings of the Afrasian
language family, only one, Arabic, is Asiatic); Ehret, supra note 344, at 25 (explaining that the ancient Egyptian language belonged to the Afrasian
or Afroasiatic family that originated with peoples whose land stretched from Nubia to Somalia, and that basic elements of Egyptian culture were established when some of these peoples moved northward into Egypt).
Originally interested in whether Indo-European might be related to Semitic languages, the author has since become a strong proponent of the theory that Indo-European is one of many daughter languages of a Nostratic macrofamily of Afrasian
, Elamo-Dravidian, Kartvelian, and Eurasiatic.