I am Junior Professor (tenure-track) of English Linguistics in the Englisches Seminar at the University of Tübingen. I received my undergraduate BA in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in 2008, an MA in Linguistics from Leiden University in 2010, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Groningen in 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at Tübingen in October 2019, I was an instructor in English Linguistics at Utrecht University (2015-2016) and Leiden University (2019) and a postdoctoral researcher at the Zukunftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study located at the University of Konstanz (2016-2018).
My published work is listed by topic below, and chronologically in the [Output] section.
~ Monographs ~
Griffiths, J. 2015. On appositives. Doctoral dissertation, University of Groningen. Utrecht: LOT Dissertation Series, no.389.
~ Articles ~
Griffiths, J. 2019. Beyond MaxElide: An investigation of extraction out of ellipsis domains. Linguistic Inquiry 50(3): 571-607.
Griffiths, J. & M. de Vries. 2019. Parenthesis: syntactic integration or orphanage? A rejoinder to Ott 2016. Linguistic Inquiry 50(3): 609-629.
Griffiths, J. 2019. A Q-based approach to clausal ellipsis: Deriving the preposition stranding and island sensitivity generalisations without movement. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 12. doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.653
Griffiths, J. 2019. Revisiting rebinding: An alternative to MaxElide. Nordlyd 43(1): 31-43. GLOW Short Report Proceedings.
Griffiths, J. 2015. Parenthetical verb constructions, fragment answers, and constituent modification. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33(1): 191-229.
Griffiths, J. 2015. Reformulative appositions and clausal ellipsis. Lingua 165: 70-91. [pre-zombification]
Griffiths, J. & A. Lipták. 2014. Contrast and island sensitivity in clausal ellipsis. Syntax 17(3): 189-234.
Griffiths, J. & M. de Vries. 2013. The syntactic integration of appositives: evidence from fragments and ellipsis. Linguistic Inquiry 44(2): 332-344.
~ Chapters in edited volumes ~
Griffiths, J. 2020. Questions underpin deletion: A response to Barros and Kotek (2019). In A. Konietzko & S. Winkler (eds.), Information structure and ambiguity (Studies in Generative Grammar). Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. Under review
Cheng, L. L.-S. & J. Griffiths. 2020. The enduring discoveries of generative syntax. To appear in T. Lohndal (ed.), Blackwell Companion to Chomsky. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Den Dikken, M. & J. Griffiths. 2018. English VP ellipsis in Unusual Subject configurations: Reviving the Spec-Head agreement approach. Under review for G. Güneş & A. Lipták (eds.), The derivational timing of ellipsis (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Griffiths, J. 2015. Speaker and quote reduced parenthetical clauses. In S. Schneider, J. Glikman & M. Azanzi (eds.), Parenthetical Verbs (Linguistische Arbeiten series, no. 557). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 71-102.
Griffiths, J. & G. Güneş. 2014. Ki issues in Turkish: Parenthetical coordination and adjunction. In M. E. Kluck, D. Ott & M. de Vries (eds.), Parenthesis and Ellipsis: Cross-Linguistic and Theoretical Perspectives (Studies in Generative Grammar series, no. 121). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 173-217.
~ Selected presentations ~
Griffiths, J. Beyond MaxElide: A′-extraction from ellipsis sites. Paper presented at the Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) 40. Leiden, March 2017.
Griffiths, J. Appositives, two-utterance monologues, and different kinds of meaning. Paper presented at Redrawing Pragmasemantic Borders. Groningen, March 2015.
Griffiths, J. Two types of apposition. Paper presented at Outside the clause. Vienna, July 2014.
Griffiths, J. & A. Lipták. Contrastivity in island repair: an argument for parallelism. Paper presented at Islands in Contemporary Linguistic Theory. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nov 2011. [video!]
I'm James, and I'm a linguist that adopts a generative approach to investigating language. While my primary focus is the effect of discourse structure on grammaticality, I have also conducted research into word-order variation across and within languages. I'm a Junior Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Tübingen, where I teach linguistics courses (mostly syntax and morphology) as part of a variety of BA and MA degree programs related to English language, linguistics, and education.
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