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About John Haiman, Retired

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; Ph.D., Harvard University.
John Haiman has been teaching at Macalester since 1989.


Present Professor, Linguistics, Macalester College


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Honors and Awards

  • Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989 for the study of sarcasm


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  • English Syntax
  • Field Methods in Linguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Linguistic Analysis

Contact Information

Macalester College
Humanities 203
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6480


Journal Articles (9)

Books (11)

Contributions to Books (10)