I am interested in syntax and semantics, and especially in apparent mismatches between the two. My recent work has focussed on idioms and other ‘multiword expressions’, and in particular their representation in the lexicon. Currently, I am working on the Universal Natural Language Understanding project, which seeks to establish a maximally general procedure for connecting Universal Dependencies syntactic parses with semantic representations in Discourse Representation Theory.
Much of my work is based in Lexical Functional Grammar and Glue Semantics, and I am more broadly interested in other well-formalised theories of grammar, especially of the ‘constraint-based’ or ‘model-theoretic’ variety.
Beyond this, I also have an interest in sociolinguistics and language-in-use, and in corpus-based and discourse theoretic tools. Within this domain, I’m most interested in the interactions of language with gender and sexuality.
I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, where I subsequently held various lectureships before coming to UiO.
For a detailed publications list and links to my papers, please see my personal website.
- Jamie Y. Findlay. 2020. Mapping Theory and the anatomy of a lexical entry. In Miriam Butt and Ida Toivonen (eds.), Proceedings of the LFG’20 Conference, 127–147. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
- Mary Dalrymple and Jamie Y. Findlay. 2019. Lexical Functional Grammar. In András Kertész, Edith Moravcsik, and Csilla Rákosi (eds.), Current approaches to syntax – a comparative handbook. De Gruyter Mouton.
- Jamie Y. Findlay. 2017. Unnatural acts lead to unconsummated marriages: discourses of homosexuality within the House of Lords debate on same-sex marriage. Journal of Language and Sexuality 6(1), 30–60
- Jamie Y. Findlay. 2017. Multiword expressions and lexicalism. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.), Proceedings of the LFG’17 Conference, 209–229. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
- Jamie Y. Findlay. 2017. Multiword expressions and lexicalism: the view from LFG. In Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2017), 73–79. Association for Computational Linguistics.
- Jamie Y. Findlay. 2016. Mapping theory without argument structure. Journal of Language Modelling 4(2), 293–338.
- Jamie Y. Findlay. 2016. The prepositional passive in Lexical Functional Grammar. In Doug Arnold, Miriam Butt, Berthold Crysmann, Tracy Holloway King, and Stefan Müller (eds.), Proceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar, 255–275. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.