James N. Collins

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

My research interests are primarily morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, Polynesian languages, and Philippine languages.

[My CV]

[My academia.edu profile]

Papers

Submitted drafts

  • Collins, James N. under review. Diagnosing predicate fronting in Samoan. The Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. [Prepub version]
  • Collins, James N. under review. Ilokano free relatives with man. Proceedings of AFLA 21, ed. by A. Camp, C. Stabile, N. Tanaka, and B. Wilson. [Prepub version]
  • Collins, James N. under review. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse. Proceedings of AFLA 20, ed. by J. Sabbagh. [Prepub version]

In press

  • Collins, James N., Daria Popova, Ivan A. Sag, and Thomas Wasow. in press. Sluicing and the inquisitive potential of appositives. Parenthesis and Ellipsis: Studies in Generative Grammar 121, ed. by M. Kluck, D. Ott, and M. de Vries, 47-73. Berlin: De Gruyter. [Prepub version].

2014

  • Collins, James N. 2014. The distribution of unmarked cases in Samoan. Argument Realisations and Related Constructions in Austronesian Languages: Papers from the 12th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Vol. 2, ed. by I. Wayan Arka and N. L. K. Mas Indrawati, 93-110. Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [Available here]

Talks and manuscripts (comments welcome)

Upcoming

  • Collins, James N. 2015. be about to and the proximal future. Talk at the 89th Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland.

2014

  • Collins, James N. 2014. Diagnosing predicate fronting with Coordinate Structure Constraint violations. Talk given at the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, USC.
  • Collins, James N. 2014. Expectations and the Ilokano mirative. Ms., Stanford University. [Draft]
  • Collins, James N. 2014. Marking uncertainty in Ilokano free relatives. Talk given at the 21st meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 21), University of Hawaii at Manoa. [Handout]
  • Collins, James N. 2014. Samoan VSO: New evidence for predicate fronting. Talk given at the 88th Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.

2013

  • Collins, James N. 2013. Context updates and narrow scope indefinites: A case study in Samoan incorporated objects. Talk given at California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) 6. UC Berkeley.
  • Collins, James N. 2013. The discourse potential of narrow scope indefinites in Samoan. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.
  • Collins, James N. and Masoud Jasbi. 2013. A Lewisian semantics for the English definite determiner. Ms., Stanford University. [Draft]
  • Collins, James N. 2013. The morphosyntax of Samoan ergativity. Invited talk at Syntax and Semantics Circle. UC Santa Cruz. [Handout]
  • Collins, James N. 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 N. 2013. Samoan case and transitivity. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.

2012

  • Collins, James N. 2012. Accusative in an ergative language: The Samoan case system. Talk given at Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) 19. Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Collins, James N. 2012. Deriving ergativity in Samoan. Talk given at International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL) 12. Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia.

Teaching

At Stanford University

  • Winter 2015: TA, Crosslinguistic Syntax (with Boris Harizanov)
  • Winter 2014: TA, Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (with Chris Potts)
  • Winter 2013: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with Asya Pereltsvaig)

At University of Sydney

  • Fall 2011: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with William Foley)

Contact Me

jamesnc (at) stanford (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460
Stanford University
Stanford, CA-94305-2150, USA