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James David McCawley (March 30, 1938, in Glasgow — April 10, 1999, in Chicago) was an American linguist.

McCawley was born James Quillan McCawley, Jr. to Dr. Monica Bateman McCawley (b. 1901), a physician and surgeon, and James Quillan McCawley (b. 1899), a businessman. In 1939 his father and two brothers moved to Toronto and founded a roofing company, but his mother remained in Glasgow with the children until after World War Two. James Sr. moved to New York City and finally Chicago, where the family joined him. It was on his arrival in America that young McCawley changed his name to James David McCawley, dropping the "Junior."

He skipped several grades in school and entered the University of Chicago in 1954 at the age of 16 and soon gained early admission to the graduate school, from which he received an M.S. in mathematics in 1958. He then received a Fulbright fellowship to study mathematics and logic in 1959-60 at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität inMünster. During this time he became disillusioned with mathematics, and after sitting in on a linguistics course taught by Eric Hamp, he became more and more interested in the subject and began taking language courses; on his return to America, he applied to the new linguistics graduate program at MIT and was accepted, spending the next three years as a member of the first Ph.D. class there. He worked as a research assistant with the Mechanical Translation group in 1962 and 1963, and in 1965 he received his doctorate for a dissertation under Noam Chomsky on "The accentual system of modern standard Japanese." By this time he had already returned to the University of Chicago as Assistant Professor of Linguistics.

He worked at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago from 1964 until his sudden and unexpected death. His interests encompassed syntax, semantics and phonology. He is perhaps best known within linguistics for his work in generative semantics. Outside academia he is noted for The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters, his guidebook to deciphering Chinese restaurant menus.

Under the pseudonym "Quang Phúc Ðông" (alleged to be a linguist at the fictitious South Hanoi Institute of Technology), McCawley wrote a paper on "English sentences without overt grammatical subject," which the journal Language credits with being the first satirical linguistics paper.

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Total Books: 22
The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters
2004 - The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226555928
ISBN-10: 0226555925
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Reference
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The Syntactic Phenomena of English
1998 - The Syntactic Phenomena of English (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226556277
ISBN-10: 0226556271
Genre: Reference
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The Syntactic Phenomena of English Volume 1
1992 - The Syntactic Phenomena of English Volume 1 [Syntactic Phenomena of English, Vol. 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780226556246
ISBN-10: 0226556247
Genre: Reference
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The Syntactic Phenomena of English Volume 2
1988 - The Syntactic Phenomena of English Volume 2 [Syntactic Phenomena of English, Vol. 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780226556260
ISBN-10: 0226556263
Genre: Reference
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Thirty Million Theories of Grammar
1982 - Thirty Million Theories of Grammar (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226556192
ISBN-10: 0226556190
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Everything that Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know About Logic but Were Ashamed to Ask
Everything That Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know About Logic    But Were Ashamed to Ask
Grammar and Meaning Papers on Syntactic and Semantic Topics
Grammar and Meaning Papers on Syntactic and Semantic Topics [Taishukan Studies in Modern Linguistics] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780124824508
ISBN-10: 0124824501
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction
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Adverbs Vowels and Other Objects of Wonder
Adverbs Vowels and Other Objects of Wonder (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226556154
ISBN-10: 0226556158
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Adverbs Vowels  Other Objects of Wonder
Adverbs Vowels Other Objects of Wonder (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226556161
ISBN-10: 0226556166
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Progress in Language With Special Reference to English
Progress in Language with Special Reference to English [Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science. Series I : Amsterdam Cla] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781556193149
ISBN-10: 1556193149
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The Joy of Grammar A Festschrift in Honor of James D McCawley
The Joy of Grammar a Festschrift in Honor of James D Mccawley (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781556194559
ISBN-10: 1556194552
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