Daniel Harbour
Reader in the Cognitive Science of Language


Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
United Kingdom


(Please contact me by email before posting to the above address, in case I’m overseas.)

Email:
mylastname at alum.mit.edu

General information
LINGUISTICS. I am a cognitive scientist, interested in the atomic elements of linguistic structure (features) and their connections to other human, and non-human, cognitive domains. My primary research applies morphological methods to problems of syntactic and semantic theory. But basically I go wherever my interests and the data take me: predicate clefts in Haitian Creole, configurationality in Kiowa, verb movement in Classical Hebrew, double objects in Hawaiian, consonant clusters in Georgian… EXTRA-LINGUISTICS. Beyond such theoretical topics, I collaborate with speakers of endangered languages to document and preserve their knowledge, with researchers from other domains of cognitive and behavioral science to understand general principles of behavior and thought, and with non-academics to promote public understanding of science and related topics. PERIPATETICS. I am an Australian who came to Britain to study. My initial degree was in Mathematics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, and after an MPhil in linguistics (also at Oxford), I moved to Cambridge, MA, for a PhD at MIT. I’ve been at Queen Mary since 2003 and have held the position of Reader (US: associate professor) in the Cognitive Science of Language since 2011.
Contact and links
Please contact me if you are a linguist interested in my work, a member of one of the groups whose languages I’ve worked on (especially re preservation/revitalization), a speaker/student of an un(der)studied language interested in linguistics, a cognitive scientist or game theorist with interests that border on language, a journalist interested in any of these topics. I don’t always check my Queen Mary mailbox regularly. Please email me before sending any important papers (e.g., dissertations, proofs, course work).
Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary’s OPALs. the “because” charade (my blog).
Publications
Mythomania? Methods and morals from ‘The myth of language universals’ (in press) (Lingua) (pdf)

Valence and atomic number (to appear, 2011, Linguistic Inquiry 42:4) (pdf)

Cognitive primitives of collective intentions: Linguistic evidence of our mental ontology (Gold, Harbour, in press) (Mind and Language) (pdf)

Information structure, discourse structure, and noun phrase position in Kiowa (Harbour, Watkins, Adger, in press) (IJAL) (pdf)

Kiowa-Tanoan languages (in press) (Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics) (pdf)

Contextual allomorphy (Bonet, Harbour, in press; invited submission to Trommer, ed., The Handbook of Exponence) (pdf)

Descriptive and explanatory markedness (2011) (Morphology) (bibtex)

Distant Dreams and Hard Truths: Zionist and Other Writings of Zelman Kagarlitsky (2010) (Contributors: Martin Gilbert, Boris Kagarlitsky, Kenneth Collins) (The Lansing Press) (about the book) (please email me to order)

The linguistic genius of Parker McKenzie’s Kiowa alphabet (Watkins, Harbour, 2010) (IJAL)

The universal basis of local linguistic exceptionality (2009) (Behavioral and Brain Sciences) (bibtex) (critique of Evans and Levinson’s attempted response forthcoming in Lingua, pdf)

Mirrors and Microparameters: Phrase Structure Beyond Free Word Order (Adger, Harbour, Watkins, 2009) (CUP) (bibtex) (review)

On homophony and methodology in morphology (2009) (Morphology) (bibtex)

Phi Theory: Phi-Features across Modules and Interfaces (Harbour, Adger, Béjar, eds 2008) (OUP) (bibtex) (review)

Why phi? (Adger, Harbour, 2008) (OUP) (bibtex) (review)

Discontinuous agreement and the Morphology−Syntax interface (2008) (OUP) (bibtex) (review)

Klivaj predika, or predicate clefts in Haitian (2008) (Lingua) (bibtex)

Morphosemantic Number: From Kiowa Noun Classes to UG Number Features (2007) (Springer) (bibtex)

Against PersonP (2007) (Syntax) (bibtex)

Syntax and syncretisms of the Person Case Constraint (Adger, Harbour, 2007) (Syntax) (bibtex)

[Family values] (2007) (Continuum) (Google books) (bibtex)

The Kiowa case for feature insertion (2003) (NLLT) (bibtex)

Some outstanding problems of Yimas (2003) (TPhS) (bibtex)

Directionality in allomorphy: A reply to Carstairs-McCarthy (Adger, Béjar, Harbour, 2003) (TPhS) (bibtex)

An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Atheism (2001) (Duckworth) (Reviews: The Economist, Harbus (Harvard Business School Weekly), The Tablet, about.com) (Wikipedia—not by me, thanks to the contributors!—: main entry, other mention) (bibtex)

Drafts and handouts
Kiowa-Tanoan agreement and agreement restrictions. Five handouts. (I) (II) (III) (IV) (V)

Ditransitives in Hawaiian (Adger, Harbour, Nilsen, Parker Jones, 2009) (pdf)

The semantics, and generality, of features: or, how not to construct a theory of cognitive evolution (handout in French 2009) (pdf)

Mass, non-singularity, and augmentation (2008) (pdf)

Morpheme order in person agreement (handout in French 2008) (pdf)

The syntactic basis of phi−case interaction (handout 2008) (pdf)

A feature calculus for Silverstein Hierarchies (2007; updated handout 2008) (pdf)

A program for case features (handout 2007) (pdf)

The elimination of geometry (2006; updated handout 2006) (pdf)

Person hierarchies and geometries without hierarchies or geometries (2006; updated handout 2006) (pdf)

Number: Morphological use of semantic means (handout in German 2006) (pdf)

The feature structure of oblique case (2006; updated handout 2007) (pdf)

The two types of predicate cleft: Evidence from Classical Hebrew and beyond (1999) (pdf)

CV, blog, teaching, other
Curriculum Vitæ (pdf)

My blog (the “because” charade)

Bibtexliography (html)

Unfamiliar Languages. Autumn 2011. A third-year module combining fieldwork-like elicitation and hands-on syntactic analysis. Previous target languages: Sorani (2010), Biak (2009), Hawaiian (2008), Georgian (2007). Graduate (and external) attendance welcome. If you have a target language to offer, please contact me. (Course description)

Unfamiliar Languages and Linguistic Theory. Autumn 2011. A masters module combining fieldwork-like elicitation and hands-on syntactic analysis. Three class-hours a week, two shared with the third-year undergraduate module ‘Unfamiliar Languages’. (Course description)

Formal Methods and Theory. Autumn 2011. A team-taught masters module. I will be teaching the first four classes, on propositional calculus and predicate calculus. (Course description)

A letter to The Economist (last one on the page).

A letter to The New Scientist. (The editorial response doesn’t quite hit the mark. See Mythomania? forthcoming in Lingua.)