Linguist John Haviland is at home in three countries


In Chiapas, Mexico, he is Xun Jvabajom, John the Musician, a compadre to Old Man Petul. In Queensland, Australia, the Aboriginal people see him as the adopted son of the late Billy "muunduu" Jack, one of their own. When he returns to Portland as a linguistics professor at Reed, John Beard Haviland carries back with him a profound sense of the languages he has learned, the villages he has lived in, and the intertwining of these places, these people, and their talk.




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