John Haiman is currently the director of the Linguistics Program at Macalester.
Haiman has done research on syntactic change in Germanic languages, the grammar of Hua
(Papua New Guinea), iconicity in syntax, the rhaeto-romance languages of Switzerland and
Italy, and Khmer. He is the author of Talk is Cheap: Sarcasm, Alienation and the
Evolution of Language.
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Toronto, 1967; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971.
John Haiman has been teaching at Macalester since 1989.
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