Jim Miller

Professor Emeritus, The University of Edinburgh
Honorary Fellow, Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh

email: jmille11 @ staffmail.ed.ac.uk


MA Russian with French, The University of Edinburgh, July 1965
Diploma in General Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh, July 1966
PhD, Tense and Aspect in Russian, The University of Edinburgh, November 1970
Studied at the Sorbonne, November 1963-June 1964 and
Moscow State University, September 1966-June 1967
1967-1997: consecutively Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, Department of Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh
1997-2003 Personal Chair in Linguistics and Spoken Language, The University of Edinburgh
2003-2007 Professor of Cognitive Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research Interests

Recent publications


Miller, Jim (2000) An Introduction to English Syntax. (Edinburgh Textbooks on English Language) Edinburgh University Press

Journal Article

Miller, Jim (2000a) 'Magnasyntax and syntactic analysis' Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée IV/2.8-20.

Miller, Jim (2000b) 'The Perfect in spoken and written English' Transactions of the Philological Society, 98/2.323-352

Book Chapters

Miller, Jim (2000) Middles, patients, capacities and permanent states. In Elspeth Reid (ed.) Edinburgh Essays on Russia. Celebrating 50 Years of Russian Studies. Nottingham: Astra Press.

Miller, Jim (2001) What's wrong with the literacy debate?. Scottish Affairs 34. 15-33.

Miller, Jim and Weinert, Regina (2002) Spoken language, linguistic theory and language acquisition. [Lengua hablada, teoria linguistica y adquisicion del lenguaje] In Emilia Ferreiro (ed), Relaciones de (in)dependencia entre oralidad y escrita. Barcelona: Gedisa, S.A., 77-110

Miller, Jim (2003) Syntax and Discourse in Modern Scots. In John Corbett, J. Derrick McClure and Jane Stuart-Smith (eds) The Edinburgh Companion to Scots, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 72-109

Miller, Jim (2004a) Problems for typology: Perfects and resultatives in Spoken and non-standard English and Russian. In B. Kortmann (ed.) Dialectology Meets Typology. Dialect Grammar from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Berlin/New York, Mouton de Gruyter, 305-334, 2004

Miller, Jim (2004b) Perfect and Resultative Constructions in Spoken and Non-Standard English. In O.Fischer, M. Norde and H.Perridon (eds), Up and Down the Cline The Nature of Grammaticalization. Amsterdam, John Benjamin, 229-246, 2004

Miller, Jim (2004c) Scottish English: Morphology and Syntax. In B. Kortmann and E. Schneider (eds) A Handbook of Varieties of English. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 47-72.

With Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest, J. (2006a) Spoken and Written Language. In:Giuliano Bernini and Maria Schwartz(eds), Eurotype: Typology of Languages in Europe Pragmatic Organisation of Discourse in Languages in Europe.., Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 9-64.

Miller, Jim (2006b) Focus in Languages in Europe, In:Giuliano Bernini and Maria Schwartz (eds), Eurotype: Typology of Languages in Europe. Pragmatic Organisation of Discourse in Languages in Europe. Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 121-213.

Miller, Jim (2006) Spoken and Written English, In Bas Aarts and April McMahon (eds), The Handbook of English Linguistics. Oxford, Blackwell, 670-691.

Articles in Keith Brown (ed) (2005) Elsevier Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier

Bulgarian Vol.2, 149-151
Clause Structure in Spoken Discourse', Vol.2, 481-483
Focus in Spoken Discourse Vol.4, 511-518
Influence of Literacy on Language Development Vol.5,661-665
Particles in Spoken Discourse Vol.9, 214-217
Relative Clauses in Spoken Discourse Vol.10, 508-511
Subordination in Spoken Discourse', Vol.12, 255-257


'LIKE and other discourse particles in Australian and New Zealand English' In Pam Peters and Peter Collins (eds) Grammar of Australian and New Zealand English.

'English in the 21st century'. In Laurel Brinton and Alex Bergs (eds) History of English. Mouton de Gruyter

Syntax. An Overview. Continuum

Working with Keith Brown on proposal for a dictionary of Linguistics for CUP.