James N. Collins

I'm a third-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.

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Selected Recent Work (comments welcome)

Polynesian clause structure

  • Collins, James. to appear. Diagnosing predicate fronting in Samoan. The Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
  • 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.

Case and ergativity

  • Collins, James N. to appear. The distribution of unmarked cases in Samoan. Papers from the 12th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Vol. 1, ed. by W. Arka. Asia-Pacific Linguistics
  • Collins, James. 2013. The morphosyntax of Samoan ergativity (handout). Talk given at Syntax and Semantics Circle. UC Santa Cruz.
  • Collins, James. 2013. Samoan case and transitivity. Qualifying Paper, 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.

The semantics of indefinites

  • Collins, James. to appear. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse. Proceedings of AFLA 20, ed. by J. Sabbagh.
  • Collins, James. 2013. The discourse potential of narrow scope indefinites in Samoan. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.
  • 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. 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.

Philippine free relatives and quantifier particles

Other projects


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