Nick Saban, head linguist at the University of Alabama, has been rewarded for his recursive series of successful seasons with a newly-
Humanities Director James Grant Carmichael II described Saban’s new contract as both “functional” and “generative,” and as “further evidence of the University of Alabama’s synchronic and diachronic commitment to field championship linguistics teams.”
Although Alabama’s linguistics team lost a pragmatics contest to Auburn last season, and was narrowly defeated by Miami (Ohio) University in its season-
Saban did not complete question-
Several of Saban’s assistant linguists were also given new contract deals. Notable among these was Phonetics Coordinator Lane Kiffin, who received a raise of $125,000, which licenses the claim that Kiffin has the highest salary of any Phonetics assistant in the nation.
Linguistics undergraduates will be slightly affected patients, as tuition fees are raised by a modest 23% next year, while graduate students may be semantic beneficiaries, as their fees remain stable. However, several teaching assistantships are expected to be deleted to finance the increases in the coaching staff’s salaries, which may license the movement of some graduate students to different universities.