Department of Linguistics

Dana McDaniel Ph.D.

Professor of Linguistics; Department Chair

Office Location

310 A-Wing Science Building


(207) 780-4582

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate School, 1986
  • B.A. in Linguistics and French, SUNY Binghamton, 1980


Ph.D. in Linguistics from the CUNY Graduate School, 1986.

Previous Experience: Taught in the Linguistics Departments at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989-1990, and the University of Arizona, 1988-1989.

Professional Service: Reviewer for the National Science Foundation and various linguistics journals.

Grant support: National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

My research focuses on first language acquisition, specifically in the area of syntax.  My earlier work investigated children’s grammatical knowledge. In recent years, I have turned to the question of children’s sentence planning in the real-time process of language production.  

I am also interested in language variation and the evolution of language. In these areas as well, my focus is on syntax and the role of language production.

Recent Publications

McDaniel, D. (2018) Long-distance extraction attraction: A production-based account of an unexpected cross-linguistic structure. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 3(1), 95. DOI:

McKee, C., McDaniel, D., and Garrett, M. F. (2018) Children’s performance abilities: Language production. In E. Fernández & H.S. Cairns (Eds.) Handbook of psycholinguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.

McDaniel, D., McKee, C., Cowart, W., & Garrett, M. F. (2015) The role of the language production system in shaping grammars. Language, 91, 415-441.

McKee, C., McDaniel, D., Garrett, M. F., Lozoraitis, C., and Mutterperl, M. S. (2013) Articulation rate: Effects of age, fluency, and syntactic structure. Revista de logopedia, foniatría y audiología, 33, 55-63.

Cowart, W. and McDaniel, D. (2012) What kind of a thing is a coordinate?: Qualitative comparison of agreement relations in coordinate and subordinate sentences. In Myers, J. (Ed.) Grammar and evidence.

McDaniel, D, McKee, C, & Garrett, M.F. (2011) Fluency markers for children's sentence planning: Early and late stage processing.  Poster presented at the 35th Boston University Conference on Language Development, 2010, online Supplement to the Proceedings of the 35th BUCLD.

McDaniel, D., McKee, C., and Garrett, M. F. (2010) Children’s sentence planning: Syntactic correlates of fluency variations. Journal of Child Language, 37, 59-94.

McDaniel, D., McKee, C., and Garrett, M.F. (2010) Child language production: Fluency variations as markers of syntactic planning. In Byles, C.M. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting (Volume 22) of the International Academy of Linguistics Behavioral and Social Science. Virginia Commonwealth University.

McKee, C. and McDaniel, D. (2009) Frequency effects in children’s syntactic and morphological development.  In Farrar, S., Harley, H., Karimi, S., and Lewis, W.  (Eds.) Time and again: Theoretical perspectives on formal linguistics, 177-187. John Benjamins.