Timothy Colleman’s research is situated at the intersection of construction grammar, historical linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics. His main focus of interest is on patterns of language variation and change in the syntax and/or semantics of argument structure constructions in Dutch and related languages (most notably English and Afrikaans). He has published extensively on ditransitive constructions and the dative alternation, benefactive constructions, accusative-and-infinitives, the Dutch krijgen-passive, and so on. Other research interests include contact-induced constructional change, evidentiality, morphosyntactic innovations in substandard varieties of (Belgian) Dutch and lexical bias effects in syntactic priming.
I teach various courses in Dutch linguistics, mostly on grammatical topics, at both graduate and undergraduate levels.