Warren Cowgill

Warren Cowgill (/ˈkɡɪl/; 1929–1985) was an American linguist. He was a professor of linguistics at Yale University and the Encyclopædia Britannica's authority[1] on Indo-European linguistics. He was unusual among Indo-European linguists of his time in believing that Indo-European should be classified as a branch of Indo-Hittite, with Hittite as a sister language of the Indo-European languages, rather than a daughter language.

Warren Cowgill and his twin brother, anthropologist George Cowgill, were born near Grangeville, Idaho. He graduated from Stanford University in 1952 and received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1957. He was a member of the Yale faculty in the Department of Linguistics until his death in 1985.[2][3]


  1. "Indo-European languages," Encyclopædia Britannica 2007 Ultimate Reference Suite, Chicago 2007.
  2. "Dr. Warren C. Cowgill". The New York Times. 1985-06-25. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  3. "Linguistics at Yale University". Retrieved 2007-03-23.

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