Dr. James Griffiths
Junior Professor in English Linguistics
Teaching. I teach courses on phonology, morphology, syntax, syntax-pragmatics, and dialectology at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with an emphasis on English. I am interested in advising theses on any subject within formal 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.
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.
Associated teaching staff. Dr. Güliz Güneş