James N. Collins

Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi

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To appear, etc.

  • Collins, James N. The polarity of clauses embedded under neg-raising predicates. Proceedings of SuB 23. [Pre-publication version]
  • Collins, James N. Mapping meanings to argument structure: The semantics of Samoan case. Ms., University of Hawai'i. [Pre-publication version]


  • Collins, James N. Definiteness determined by syntax: A case study in Tagalog. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. Online first December 4, 2018. [Pre-publication version]
  • Collins, James N. Review of Paul Kroeger Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics. Oceanic Linguistics 57(2): 253--259. [Pre-publication version]


  • Collins, James N. 2017. Structure-sensitive interpretation. Doctoral dissertation, Stanford University. [Download]


  • Collins, James N. 2016. Samoan predicate initial word order and object positions. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 35(1): 1--59. [Pre-publication version]
  • Collins, James N. 2016. Reasoning about definiteness in a language without articles. Proceedings of SALT 26: 82--102. [Download]
  • Collins, James N. 2016. Composition and definiteness without articles: A case study in Tagalog. Proceedings of NELS 46. [Download]
  • Collins, James N. 2016. Definiteness and implicatures in Tagalog. Proceedings of BLS 42: 273--292. [Download]
  • Collins, James N. 2016. Ilokano free relatives with man. Proceedings of AFLA 21: 33--50. [Download]


  • Collins, James N. 2015. Diagnosing predicate fronting in Samoan. Proceedings of WCCFL 32: 228--237. [Download]


  • Collins, James N. 2014. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse. To appear in the Proceedings of AFLA 20. [Download]
  • 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. [Download]
  • Collins, James N., Daria Popova, Ivan A. Sag, and Thomas Wasow. 2014. 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. [Download]



  • Collins, James N. and Peter Schuelke. 2019. Roviana fronting and the relationship between syntactic and morphological ergativity. Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 26, University of Western Ontario, May 25. [Handout]
  • Collins, James N. and Mayaan Abenina-Adar. 2019. How modal and non-modal implications of Tagalog free relatives emerge. Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 26, University of Western Ontario, May 24. [Handout]
  • Ohba, Akari and James N. Collins. 2019. The perspective-sensitive argument structure of Japanese giving verbs. Chicago Linguistics Society 55, University of Chicago, May 16. [Slides]
  • Jeong, Sunwoo and James N. Collins. 2019. Updating alternatives in pragmatic competition. SemFest 20, Stanford University, March 15. [Slides]


  • Collins, James N. 2018. The polarity of clauses embedded under neg-raising predicates. Sinn und Bedeutung 23, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, September 5. [Handout]
  • Collins, James N. 2018. Mapping meanings to argument structure: The semantics of Samoan case. Workshop on the Syntax of Polynesian Languages, University of Toronto, June 9. [Handout]


At the University of Hawaiʻi

  • Spring 2019: Instructor, Grammar (Graduate Syntax)
  • Spring 2019: Instructor, Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Fall 2018: Instructor, Seminar in Syntax: Case, Voice, and Grammatical Relations. [Reading List]

At Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Fall 2017: Co-instructor, Approaches to Implicature (with Todd Snider)

At Stanford University

At University of Sydney

  • Fall 2011: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with Jason Johnston)


jamesnc (at) hawaii (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 569
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA