James Griffiths

Center for Language and Cognition Groningen
Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen
The Netherlands
j [dot] e [dot] griffiths [at] rug [dot] nl

CV (10 February 2015)
my profile @ academia.edu
My PhD research forms part of the ERC-funded project Incomplete Parenthesis, for which I have investigated the syntax of comment and report clauses.

I have also worked on clausal ellipsis phenomena, specifically on the role of contrastive focus in predicting syntactic island obviation in fragment answers and sluices, and on how fragment answers provide a diagnostic for testing different accounts of how appositive relative clauses are syntactically related to their anchors. I have also undertaken research on Turkish, examining fragment answers and ki-clauses.

More generally, I am interested in sentential syntax (clausal complementation, parataxis, insubordination, quotation), elliptical phenomena, and the syntax-pragmatics interface.

My PhD advisors are Prof. Jan-Wouter Zwart and Dr. Mark de Vries. My upcoming PhD thesis explores the syntax of appositive constructions in English and Turkish.


2015Parenthetical verb constructions, fragment answers, and constituent modification. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33(1): 191-229. [article]
2014aContrast and island sensitivity in clausal ellipsis. Syntax 17(3): 189-234. Joint paper with Anikó Lipták. [postprint] [article]
2014bParenthesis and presupposition in discourse. Linguistics in the Netherlands 31: 39-52. Joint paper with Mark de Vries. [postprint]
2014cKi 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. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 173-217. Joint paper with Güliz Güneş. [postprint]
2013The syntactic integration of appositives: evidence from fragments and ellipsis. Linguistic Inquiry 44(2): 332-344. Joint paper with Mark de Vries. [postprint]
to appearSpeaker and quote reduced parenthetical clauses. In S. Schneider, J. Glikman & M. Azanzi (eds.), Parenthetical Verbs. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter. (Accepted for publication in 2013) [postprint]


2015PPs with gaps in. Paper presented at Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2015. Utrecht, Feb 2015. Joint presentation with Craig Sailor. [handout]
2014PPs with gaps in. Paper presented at the syntax and semantics seminar. Groningen, November 2014. Joint presentation with Craig Sailor.
2014Two types of apposition. Paper presented at Outside the clause. Vienna, July 2014. [handout]
2014Two theories of the syntax and semantics of identificational appositions. Paper presented at the syntax and semantics seminar. Groningen, June 2014. [handout]
2014An Indo-European loan in Turkish and the case of Germanic appositives. Paper presented at the 11th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology. Barcelona, June 2014. Joint presentation with Güliz Güneş. [handout]
2014Parenthesis and Turkish ki. Paper presented at the Lingday 2014, Boğaziçi University. Istanbul, May 2014. Joint presentation with Güliz Güneş. [handout]
2014Parentheticals, presupposition, and truth. Paper presented at the Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2014. Utrecht, Feb 2014. Joint presentation with Mark de Vries. [handout]
2013Comment clauses and Turkish ki. Paper presented by invitation at the Comparative Syntax seminar. Leiden, Oct 2013. [handout]
2013Notes on ki. Paper presented at the S-Circle's Parentheticals workshop. Santa Cruz, April 2013. Joint presentation with Güliz Güneş. [handout]
2013Amalgamation in mitigator constructions. Paper presented at the Parenthesis and Ellipsis workshop of the 34th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics. Potsdam, March, 2013. [handout] [slides]
2012Notes on Stacked Appositives. Paper presented at the syntax and semantics seminar. Groningen, NL. Joint presentation with Güliz Güneş. [handout]
2012Fragment answers in Turkish. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, Ankara, Sept 2012. Joint presentation with Güliz Güneş. [handout] [slides]
2012The syntactic integration of appositive relative clauses: evidence from clausal ellipsis. Paper presented at TABU Dag 2012, Groningen, Jun 2012 [slides]
2012Remarks on alleged subject-oriented parenthetical constructions. Paper presented at Parenthétiques 2012, Paris, May 2012. [handout]
2012CP-modifying reduced parenthetical clauses. Paper presented at Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2012, Utrecht, Feb 2012. [handout] [slides]
2011What reduced parenthetical clauses might tell us about evidentiality and epistemic modality. Paper presented at the syntax and semantics seminar, Groningen, Nov 2011. [handout]
2011Contrastivity in island repair: an argument for parallelism. Paper presented at Islands in Contemporary Linguistic Theory. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nov 2011. Joint presentation with Anikó Lipták. [slides] [video]
2011Embedded declarative fragments and the theory of sluicing in English. Presented at TABU Dag 2011, Groningen, June 2011. [prezi]
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In prep.On appositives. Doctoral dissertation, University of Groningen.
2011An analysis of embedded declarative fragments and their implications for the theory of sluicing. Ms. University of Groningen. [pdf]
2010Clefts and TP-Ellipsis in English. MA thesis. Leiden, NL. [pdf]
(Although I no longer stand by the conclusion of this thesis, the data are still good. Please consult me before citing.)
2009A grammar of Minangkabau. The product of MA fieldwork on the Minangkabau language of Sumatra. [rar].

Ongoing projects

The ParaCrawler database. ParaCrawler is a web application containing data from an ongoing cross-linguistic survey into paratactic phenomena. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive, theory independent collection of linguistic constructions and multilingual examples describing them. Along with the other members of the Incomplete Parenthesis project, I am involved in the design of system of classification used by ParaCrawler, and with imputing examples from English.

James Griffiths