COWGILL, Warren Crawford

COWGILL, Warren Crawford. Crangeville, Idaho 19.12.1929 — New Haven 20.6.1985. U.S. IE Linguist. Professor at Yale. Educated at Stanford (B.A. 1952 in classics, under H. Fraenkel) and, now studying IE and linguistics under Tedesco, Thieme et al., at Yale (M.A. 1953, Ph.D. 1957). Taught comparative IE linguistics at Yale: 1956-60 Instructor, 1960-63 Assistant Professor, 1963-72 Associate Professor, and from 1972 until death full Professor. Twin brother of anthropologist George Cowgill.

WC was a “pan-Indo-Europeanist” who taught and wrote about Homeric Greek, early Latin, Gothic and Old Norse, Old Irish and Welsh, Hittite and Tocharian. He saw Old Anatolian languages as a separate group and had then “Indo-Hittite” as a higher unit. He was specially interested in phonological change and its effects on morphological processes, also in dialectology.

Publications: “Ablaut, accent and umlaut in the Tocharian subjunctive”, W. W. Arndt (ed.), Studies in historical linguistics in honor of G. S. Lane. 1967, 171-181; “The aorists and perfects of Old Persian”, KZ 82, 1968, 259-268; “The First Person Singular Medio-Passive of Indo-Iranian”, Kuiper Vol. 1968, 24-31; articles on Greek and IE, etc..

J. Klein (ed.): The collected writings of Warren Cowgill. 58+578 p. Ann Arbor NY 2006.

Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 6th ed. 3, 1974; St. Insler, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 208; Wikipedia.


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