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Joseph Davis

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Joseph Davis

Associate Professor

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Joseph Davis has taught linguistics in the programs in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in the School of Education since 1998.  He is on a fellowship leave for the period August 2013 to August 2014.


Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil., M.A. in linguistics, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

M.S.P.H. in biostatistics, University of North Carolina.

B.S. in mathematic-biology, Wake Forest University.

Courses Taught

(All with prefix EDCE)

35600 Language, Mind, and Society

2600C Linguistics for Teachers

5400C Methods of Teaching Second Language

5600C Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Aspects of Bilingual Education

5800C Theories of Second Language Acquisition

6601C Practicum in Teaching a Second Language

6700C Contrastive Phonology of English and Other Languages for Teachers

6800C Grammar and its Pedagogy:  English and Other Languages

Research Interests

Linguistic theory and methodology, particularly Columbia School linguistics

The grammar and phonology of Italian and of English

Pedagogical implications of linguistics



Huffman, A., & Davis, J. (2012).Language, communication, and human behavior:The linguistic essays of William Diver.Leiden/Boston:Brill.

Davis, J., Gorup, R., & Stern, N. (Eds.).(2006).Advances in functional linguistics:Columbia School beyond its origins.Amsterdam/Philadelphia:John Benjamins.


Diver, W., & Davis, J.(2012).Latin voice and case.In A. Huffman & J. Davis (Eds.).

Diver, W., & Davis, J.(2012).Phonology of the extremes.In A. Huffman & J. Davis (Eds.).

Diver, W., & Davis, J.(2012).Traditional grammar and its legacy in twentieth-century linguistics.In A. Huffman & J. Davis (Eds.).

Davis, J.(2009).Rule and meaning in the teaching of grammar.Language and linguistics compass, vol. 1, issue 3, 199-221.

Davis, J.(2006).Introduction:Consistency and change in Columbia School linguistics.In J. Davis, R. Gorup, & N. Stern (Eds.).

Davis, J.(2006).Phonology without the phoneme.In J. Davis, R. Gorup, & N. Stern (Eds.).

Davis, J.(2004).The linguistics of William Diver and the linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure.In G. Hassler & G. Volkmann (Eds.), History of linguistics in texts and concepts, vol. 1 (pp. 307-326).Münster:Nodus.

Davis, J.(2004).Revisiting the gap between meaning and message.In R. Kirsner, E. Contini-Morava, & B. Rodriguez-Bachiller (Eds.), Cognitive and communicative approaches to linguistic analysis.Amsterdam/Philadelphia:John Benjamins.

Davis, J.(2002).Rethinking the place of statistics in Columbia School analysis.In W. Reid, R. Otheguy, & Stern, N. (Eds.), Signal, meaning, and message:Perspectives on sign-based linguistics (pp. 65-90).Amsterdam/Philadelphia:John Benjamins.

Davis, J.(2002).A surpassingly simple analysis.In W. Reid, R. Otheguy, & N. Stern (Eds.), Signal, meaning, and message:Perspectives on sign-based linguistics (pp. 113-136).Amsterdam/Philadelphia:John Benjamins.

Davis, J.(1995).The linguistic sign as unifying principle behind syntactic peculiari­ties:The Italian clitic ne.CLS 31: Papers from the 31st Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Vol. 2: The Parasession on Clitics (pp. 79-90).

Davis, J.(1995).Italian pronouns and the virtue of relative meaninglessness.In E. Contini-Morava & B. S. Goldberg (Eds), Meaning as explanation:Advances in linguistic sign theory (pp. 423-440).  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Davis, J.(1987).A combinatory phonology of Italian.Columbia University Working Papers in Linguistics.No. 8 (pp. 1-98, plus unnumbered corpus).

Additional Information

Professional service (current)

Columbia School Linguistic Society, Founding Member 1996, Member of Executive Committee 1996-present, President 2006-2009, Vice President for Communications, 2009-present.

Columbia University Seminar on Columbia School Linguistics, Associate Member, 2011-present.

Organizing committee, 10th International Columbia School Conference on the Interaction of Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior, Rutgers University.  2010.

Organizing committee, campus coordinator, and instructor, Fifth Institute for the Study of Form, Meaning, and Human Behavior in Language, City College, co-sponsored by the City College School of Education and the Columbia School Linguistic Society.2010.

Other memberships (current)

Linguistic Society of America

National Association of Bilingual Education

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Service to the Institution (sample)

Chair, Executive Committee, School of Education. 2007, 2009-2012, 2012-present, member 2006-present.

Panel member, PSC-CUNY Research Awards, linguistics panel. 2008-2010.

Executive Committee, Department of Childhood Education. 2004-2008.

Faculty search committees in Bilingual Education & TESOL and in Secondary Spanish Education.

Departmental tenure and promotion advisory panels (two departments).

Head of Program in Bilingual Education, Secondary Spanish Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 2003-2004.

Administrator of all proposals in Education for the CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant. 2013.

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