Samuel D. Epstein

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Samuel D. Epstein 2

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

411 Lorch Hall
611 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Office Location(s): 411 Lorch
Phone: 734.647.9701
Fax: 734.936.3406
sepstein@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Linguistics
  • Fields of Study
    • Syntax, cognitive science, child language acquisition, sentence processing/psycholinguistics
  • About

    Sam Epstein has a special interest in developing an explanatory theory of human (bio-)linguistic cognition. He is also interested in methodological issues and more broadly in generative, mentalist explanation, and cognitive science. In addition to ‘experimental’ adult second language acquisition research co-conducted in the past, Sam has recently conducted many collaborative syntactic research projects with Professors Acrisio Pires, Hisatsugu Kitahara, Daniel Seely, and Miki Obata (UMICH Ph.D. 2010). Additional collaborative work includes ‘experimental’ child first language acquisition research with Professor Kazuko Hiramatsu and former student Keli (Rulf) Licata (class of 2004), as well as ‘experimental’ psycholinguistic research, and co-teaching, with Professor Rick Lewis (Psychology). Sam has received multiple grants (some as co-applicant) to develop a Language and Human Mind initiative within the Linguistics Department and beyond.  He developed and regularly teaches LING 209/PSYCH 242 Language and Mind and is involved with the ongoing efforts to develop an interdisciplinary/interdepartmental cognitive science major at UMICH. He also teaches Syntactic theory (undergraduate and graduate) as well as graduate seminars on competence and performance in psycholinguistic theory, co-taught with Rick Lewis and supported by a Marshall Weinberg grant for Interdisciplinary Graduate seminars in The Cognitive Sciences. Sam has received graduate and undergraduate teaching awards at UMICH and at Harvard University and an excellence in research award at UMICH. Sam serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and he is the co-founder and former co-editor of  Blackwell Publishers’ Syntax: A Journal of Theoretical, Experimental, and Interdisciplinary Research.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1987
  • Selected Publications:
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