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.

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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.