Department of Linguistics

Wayne Cowart Ph.D.

Professor of Linguistics
Wayne Cowart Ph.D.

Office

65 Exeter St., Portland

Office Hours Spring 2014

Wednesdays, 2-4, and by appointment

Contact Information

Phone: 780-4477

Ph.D. in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center, 1983.

Research Interests

Psycholinguistics, particularly the cognitive theory of syntax

Language evolution, esp. the origin of recursive structures

Comparative psychology of communication

Philosophy of mind/language/linguistics

Recent Publications

Google Scholar listing

Recent presentations (click to view abstracts):

Questions and evidence: How does the prosperity of the undergraduate major in linguistics affect the prosperity of the field? (Symposium presentation).  Linguistics Society of America, Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.  January 4-8, 2012.

Is AND a fossil?: Coordination and the origin of compositionality.  Evolang9, Kyoto, Japan.  March 13-16, 2012.

New Perspectives on Language Creativity:Composition and Recursion, Montreal, QC, Canada, September 25-27, 2011

PROTOLANG 2 19-21 September 2011, Toruń, Poland  (Video of talk)

 


Cowart, W., & D. McDaniel.  (2012). What kind of thing is a coordinate? In Myers, James (editor). In search of grammar: Experimental andcorpus-based studies. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 48.Taipei, Taiwan: Language and Linguistics.

Cowart, W. (2012). Doing Experimental Syntax: Bridging the gap between syntactic questions and well-designed questionnaires.  In Myers, James (editor). In search of grammar: Experimental andcorpus-based studies. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 48.Taipei, Taiwan: Language and Linguistics.

Cowart, W., & Agupova, T. (2009). On the homogeneity of syntax: How similar do coordinates and subordinates look to the comprehension system? In W. Lewis, S. Karimi, H. Harley & S. Farrar (Eds.), Time and Again: Theoretical Perspectives on Formal Linguistics in honor of D. Terence Langendoen (pp. 121-134). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Cowart, W., & McDaniel, D. (2008). The syntax of coordination and the evolution of syntax. In A. D. Smith, K. Smith & R. Ferrer i Canch (Eds.), The Evolution of Language: Procedings of the 7th International Conference (EVOLANG7, Barcelona, Spain) (pp. 411-412). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Col.