Office Hours Spring 2014Wednesdays, 2-4, and by appointment
Ph.D. in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center, 1983.
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Blog: Notes for students on doing and analyzing experiments.
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 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.
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.