James N. Collins

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

Research Interests

  • 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.


At Stanford University
  • 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