- Morphosyntax: crosslinguistic variation and formal approaches to typology,
Austronesian (especially Polynesian and Philippine) syntax, experimental methods,
theoretically-informed morphosyntactic description of understudied languages, constraint-based
versus transformational approaches to syntactic representation
- Semantics: methodologies for semantic fieldwork, crosslinguistic semantic variation, syntax-semantics interface, lexical semantics, (in)definites, tense/aspect/modality, gradability across lexical categories
Selected Recent Work (comments welcome)
- Collins, James. resubmitted. The distribution of unmarked cases in Samoan.
- Collins, James, Daria Popova, Ivan A. Sag, and Thomas Wasow. submitted. Sluicing and the inquisitive potential of appositives.
- Collins, James. 2013. The discourse potential of narrow scope indefinites in Samoan. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.
- Collins, James. 2013. Context updates and narrow scope indefinites: A case study in Samoan incorporated objects (handout). Talk given at California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) 6. UC Berkeley
- Collins, James. 2013. The morphosyntax of Samoan ergativity (handout). Talk given at Syntax and Semantics Circle . UC Santa Cruz
- Collins, James. 2013. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse: The view from Tongan and Samoan. Talk given at Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) 20. UT Arlington
- Collins, James. 2013. Samoan case and transitivity. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.
- Collins, James and Masoud Jasbi. 2013. A Lewisian semantics for the English definite determiner. Ms., Stanford University.
TeachingAt Stanford University
- Winter 2014: TA, Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (with Chris Potts)
- Winter 2013: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with Asya Pereltsvaig)
- Fall 2011: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with William Foley)
jamesnc (at) stanford (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460
Stanford, CA-94305-2150, USA