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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Jamie Douglas

Research Associate, Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building, Room 250
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Jamie recently completed his PhD “The Syntactic Structures of Relativisation” at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Prof Ian Roberts. He is now a Research Associate on the ERC-funded Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS) project in the same department. His primary interest is in theoretical syntax and language typology with a particular focus on A’-constructions (relative clauses, questions, topicalisation, etc.). Other linguistic interests include language change, the evolution of our capacity for language, and the constructed languages of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Research interests: 

Syntax, typology, A’-constructions and associated phenomena

Recent research projects: 
Published works: 
  • Douglas, Jamie. To appear. Unifying the that-trace and anti-that-trace effects. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics.
  • Douglas, Jamie. 2016. The That-Trace and Anti-That-Trace Effects: Unification and Theoretical Implications. In Hammerly, Christopher & Brandon Prickett (Eds.) NELS 46: Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Vol. 1 (pp. 261-276). Amherst, MA: GLSA.
  • Chaplin, Eddie, Jamie Douglas, Jean O’Hara, Sharon Wellington & Jane Lyons. 2015. Evaluating service user community groups in forensic and neurodevelopmental units. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing 4 (4), 260-267.

Further publications

  • Douglas, Jamie. To appear. Control into infinitival relatives. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics 10. Douglas, Jamie. 2016. Unifying the that-trace and anti-that-trace effects. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics 9, 184-211.
  • Douglas, Jamie. 2015. Agreement (and Disagreement) Among Relatives. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics 7, 33-60.