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JOHN COLARUSSO

Professor of Languages and Linguistics and Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University. Since 1976, he has taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In the course of his career, he served as an adviser to the U.S. government, including the White House, on matters of Russian affairs. He has published or edited seven books and has written over 100 articles. He is a recognized authority on the Caucasus, on mythology, and on historical linguistics. He has also done work in vastness theory, the formal theory of 'how big is language'...
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Professor of Languages and Linguistics and Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University. Since 1976, he has taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In the course of his career, he served as an adviser to the U.S. government, including the White House, on matters of Russian affairs. He has published or edited seven books and has written over 100 articles. He is a recognized authority on the Caucasus, on mythology, and on historical linguistics. He has also done work in vastness theory, the formal theory of 'how big is language'...
John's major interests are Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Comparative Mythology, the size of language (Vastness Theory), and International Relations (culture and nationalism). Geographic interests are centered on Inner Eurasia, especially the Caucasus, and cover both modern and ancient periods. Also, at times, John served as an informal diplomat and advisor in matters concerning the Caucasus and its peoples...
John Colarusso is a linguist specializing in Caucasian languages. Since 1976, he has taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Colarusso has published more than sixty-five articles on linguistics, myths, politics, and the Caucasus; he has also authored three books, edited one, and is finishing two further books. Among other works, he has published grammar books of the Kabardian language...
John Colaursso was born in San Diego California and raised in Mississippi and Newark, New Jersey.  He holds degrees from Cornell (BA), Northwestern (MA) and Harvard (PhD).  At Harvard he specialized in Linguistics and focused on the languages of the Caucasus mountain region.He has taught at McMaster University since 1976, when he entered Canada as a landed immigrant. He is now a dual citizen and a full professor in two departments, Anthropology, and Linguistics and Languages, the latter being a department which he helped to found in 1981.  He has published or edited seven books and has written over 100 articles.  He is a recognized authority on the Caucasus, on mythology, and on historical linguistics.  He has also done work in vastness theory, the formal theory of “how big is language.”
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