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).

I teach courses on phonology, morphology, and syntax at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with an emphasis on English. I am interested in advising theses on any subject within theoretical / generative linguistics, in particular syntax, morphology, and discourse-structure, concerning varieties of English, or concerning cross-linguistic comparisons between English and other Germanic languages and/or Turkish.

In my research, I adopt a broadly generative approach to linguistic analysis. My specialisations are, in roughly the following order: syntax, the semantics and pragmatics of information- and discourse-structure, morphology (in particular, Distributed Morphology), and prosody. To date, my two main research interests have been the distribution of various forms of parenthesis and ellipsis, within and across languages. I am also interested in dialectal variation in English, and have conducted research into syntactic phenomena that are present in some varieties of British English (such as my own) but not others.

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.

Englisches Seminar,
Philosophische Fakultät
Room 540
Wilhelmstraße 50 (Brechtbau)
72074 Tübingen, Germany

james.griffiths [at] uni-tuebingen [dot] de


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