Office Hours Spring 2013Tuesdays, 2-4, and by appointment
Ph.D in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center, 1983.
Psycholinguistics, particularly the cognitive theory of syntax
Language evolution, esp. the origin of recursive structures
Comparative psychology of communication
Philosophy of mind/language/linguistics
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.
Recent presentations (click to view abstracts):
Cowart, W., & D. McDaniel. (In Press). 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. (In Press). 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.