Robert D. Van Valin Jr.

List of John Benjamins publications for which Robert D. Van Valin Jr. plays a role.



Subjects Pragmatics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Advances in Role and Reference Grammar

Edited by Robert D. Van Valin Jr.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 82] 1992. xiii, 569 pp.
Subjects Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


Osswald, Rainer and Robert D. Van Valin Jr. 2022. Chapter 10. The description of transitive directed motion in Lakhota (Siouan). Neglected Aspects of Motion-Event Description: Deixis, asymmetries, constructions, Sarda, Laure and Benjamin Fagard (eds.), pp. 209–233
Siouan languages such as Lakhota provide an interesting case for the study of transitive directed motion descriptions because of their rich inventory of deictic motion verbs and instrumental (causative) affixes. The goal of this article is to show in detail how the different meaning components… read more | Chapter
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 2022. Role and reference grammar. Handbook of Pragmatics: Manual, Verschueren, Jef and Jan-Ola Östman (eds.), pp. 1171–1180
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 2018. Chapter 5. Dative case and oblique subjects. Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects: The Reykjavík-Eyjafjallajökull papers, Barðdal, Jóhanna, Na'ama Pat-El and Stephen Mark Carey (eds.), pp. 115–132
Oblique subjects often occur in the dative case in many languages, and given that dative subjects frequently co-occur with experiential verbs, this has led to the view that dative signals ‘experiencer’, along with its ‘recipient’ meaning with verbs of giving. There are, however, many other uses of… read more | Chapter
Bohnemeyer, Jürgen and Robert D. Van Valin Jr. 2017. The macro-event property and the layered structure of the clause. Studies in Language 41:1, pp. 142–197
We ask whether there is a “macro-event phrase,” a uniform level of syntax at which complex scenarios may be described as single events under the Macro-Event Property (MEP). The MEP is a form-meaning mapping property that constrains the compatibility of event descriptions with time-positional… read more | Article
Matić, Dejan, Rik van Gijn and Robert D. Van Valin Jr. 2014. Information structure and reference tracking in complex sentences: An overview. Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences, Gijn, Rik van, Jeremy Hammond, Dejan Matić, Saskia van Putten and Ana Vilacy Galucio (eds.), pp. 1–42
This volume is dedicated to exploring the crossroads where complex sentences and information management – more specifically information structure (IS) and reference tracking (RT) – come together. Complex sentences are a highly relevant but understudied domain for studying notions of IS and RT. On… read more | Article
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. and Ricardo Mairal Usón. 2014. Interfacing the lexicon and an ontology in a linking system. Theory and Practice in Functional-Cognitive Space, Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez and Francisco Gonzálvez-García (eds.), pp. 205–228
The aim of this paper is to discuss the repercussions of a conceptual orientation on two crucial parts of the Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) linking algorithm, that is, semantic representation and constructional schemas. Firstly, it is argued that adopting FunGramKB’s notion of conceptual logical… read more | Article
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 2013. Head-marking languages and linguistic theory. Language Typology and Historical Contingency: In honor of Johanna Nichols, Bickel, Balthasar, Lenore A. Grenoble, David A. Peterson and Alan Timberlake (eds.), pp. 91–124
In her path-breaking 1986 paper, Johanna Nichols proposed a typological contrast between head-marking and dependent-marking languages. Nichols argues that even though the syntactic relations between the head and its dependents are the same in both types of language, the syntactic “bond” between… read more | Article
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 2012. Some issues in the linking between syntax and semantics in relative clauses. Relative Clauses in Languages of the Americas: A typological overview, Comrie, Bernard and Zarina Estrada-Fernández (eds.), pp. 47–64
Relative clauses present an interesting challenge for theories of the syntaxsemantics interface, because one element functions simultaneously in the matrix and relative clauses. The exact nature of the challenge depends on whether the relative clause is externally-headed or internallyheaded.… read more | Article
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 2009. Role and Reference Grammar. Grammar, Meaning and Pragmatics, Brisard, Frank, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 239–249
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 2009. Role and reference grammar. Handbook of Pragmatics: 2009 Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 1–13
Many syntactic theories assume a universal set of lexical categories, and they further assume these lexical categories are the basis of endocentric phrasal projections in the syntax. Role and Reference Grammar [RRG] makes neither of these assumptions, and in this paper an RRG account of lexical… read more | Article
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 1995. Role and reference grammar. Handbook of Pragmatics: Manual, Verschueren, Jef, Jan-Ola Östman and Jan Blommaert † (eds.), pp. 461–469
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 1994. Extraction Restrictions, Competing Theories and the Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus. The Reality of Linguistic Rules, Lima, Susan D., Roberta Corrigan and Gregory Iverson, pp. 243 ff.
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 1992. A synopsis of role and reference grammar. Advances in Role and Reference Grammar, Van Valin Jr., Robert D. (ed.), pp. 1 ff.
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 1990. Layered syntax in role and reference grammar. Layers and Levels of Representation in Language Theory: A functional view, Nuyts, Jan, A. Machtelt Bolkestein and Co Vet (eds.), pp. 193 ff.
Van Valin Jr., Robert D. 1981. Grammatical Relations in Ergative Languages. Studies in Language 5:3, pp. 361–394
Two of the most important issues in the discussion of ergativity concern the pattern of syntactic organization and notion of subject in ergative languages. A number of scholars have claimed that most morphologically ergative languages are in fact syntactically accusative. Data from four ergative… read more | Article