- Theoretical and experimental morphosyntax, semantics, and pragmatics
- Austronesian (especially Polynesian and Philippine) syntax
- crosslinguistic variation and formal approaches to typology
- fieldwork, description, and documentation
Selected Recent Work (comments welcome)
- Collins, James. submitted. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse.
- Collins, James, Daria Popova, Ivan A. Sag, and Thomas Wasow. submitted. Sluicing and the inquisitive potential of appositives.
- Collins, James. resubmitted. The distribution of unmarked cases in Samoan.
- Collins, James. 2014. Diagnosing predicate fronting with Coordinate Structure Constraint violations. Talk given at the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, USC.
- Collins, James. 2014. Samoan VSO: New evidence for predicate fronting. Talk given at the 88th Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.
- 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.
- Collins, James. 2012. Deriving Ergativity in Samoan. Talk given at International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL) 12. Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia.
- Collins, James. 2012. Accusative in an Ergative Language: The Samoan Case System. Talk given at Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) 19. Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
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
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Stanford, CA-94305-2150, USA