Jean-Christophe Verstraete

List of John Benjamins publications for which Jean-Christophe Verstraete plays a role.

Book series



Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country

Edited by Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner

[Culture and Language Use, 18] 2016. x, 492 pp.
Subjects Anthropological Linguistics | Historical linguistics | Language policy | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

The Genitive

Edited by Anne Carlier and Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Formal Evidence in Grammaticalization Research

Edited by An Van linden, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Kristin Davidse

[Typological Studies in Language, 94] 2010. viii, 344 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Grounding and headedness in the noun phrase

Edited by Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Special issue of Functions of Language 11:1 (2004) 145 pp.
Subjects Functional linguistics | Pragmatics | Theoretical linguistics


Luk, Ellison and Jean-Christophe Verstraete 2022 Conjunctions and clause linkage in Australian languages: A typological studyStudies in Language 46:3, pp. 594–646
This study analyses the role of conjunctions in clause linkage in Australian languages. Conjunctions are seemingly straightforward clause-linking devices, but they remain under-studied, both for Australian languages and from a broader typological perspective. In this study, we propose a functional… read more | Article
This paper investigates the historical loss of root-initial consonants, using a case study of Middle Paman languages of Cape York Peninsula, in northeastern Australia. Systematic loss of initial consonants is a typologically unusual phenomenon, mainly found in Australia, that has often been… read more | Article
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe and Diane Hafner 2016 Land and language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf CountryLand and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, Verstraete, Jean-Christophe and Diane Hafner (eds.), pp. 1–26
This volume has a dual purpose. Firstly, it offers a state-of-the-art survey of linguistic, anthropological, archaeological and historical work in Cape York Peninsula, situated in the northeast of Australia, and the adjacent region of the Gulf Country, in and around the Gulf of Carpentaria. At the… read more | Article
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe and Sarah D'Hertefelt 2016 Chapter 3. Running in the family: Patterns of complement insubordination in GermanicInsubordination, Evans, Nicholas and Honoré Watanabe (eds.), pp. 65–88
This chapter provides a survey of insubordination patterns (as defined by Evans 2007) in five Germanic languages, Dutch, German, English, Swedish and Danish. The analysis focuses on a type of insubordination that is productive in many Germanic languages, viz. insubordinate complement clauses,… read more | Article
Louagie, Dana and Jean-Christophe Verstraete 2015 Personal pronouns with determining functions in Australian languagesStudies in Language 39:1, pp. 159–198
This paper analyses the adnominal use of personal pronouns in a sample of 75 Australian languages. We develop two arguments. First, we argue that in all of the adnominal uses examined, the personal pronoun has a determiner-like function, showing both the functional properties and some of the… read more | Article
Carlier, Anne and Jean-Christophe Verstraete 2013 Genitive case and genitive constructions: An introductionThe Genitive, Carlier, Anne and Jean-Christophe Verstraete (eds.), pp. 1–16
This paper analyses the morphosyntactic status of pronouns in Umpithamu, a language from Cape York Peninsula (Australia). The analysis shows that pronominal morphosyntax in Umpithamu deviates from what can be expected historically and typologically, and attributes this to restructuring under the… read more | Article
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe, Sarah D'Hertefelt and An Van linden 2012 A typology of complement insubordination in DutchStudies in Language 36:1, pp. 123–153
This paper presents an analysis of complement insubordination in Dutch, i.e. structures that are formally marked as subordinate complement clauses but conventionally used as main clauses. We develop a typology of seven distinct construction types (in three semantic domains), none of which have been… read more | Article
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe 2011 Impersonal constructions in Umpithamu and the Lamalamic languagesImpersonal Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective, Malchukov, Andrej L. and Anna Siewierska (eds.), pp. 607–626
In the four Pama-Nyungan languages Umpithamu, Morrobolam, Mbarrumbathama and Rimanggudinhma there is a core set of impersonals centred around experiencer object constructions. They describe involuntary physical processes, and are formally characterized by lack of nominative pronominal… read more | Article
Davidse, Kristin, An Van linden and Jean-Christophe Verstraete 2010 IntroductionFormal Evidence in Grammaticalization Research, Van linden, An, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Kristin Davidse (eds.), pp. 1–16
Umpithamu is poor in markers that specifically encode clause linkage, but it relies on markers from other domains, specifically mood and information structure. Such markers can contribute to clause linkage in three semiotically distinct ways. The first is compositional encoding, as with the… read more | Article
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe 2004 Preverbal positions in three Germanic languages: The role of scope as a functional principleFunctional Linguistics and Contrastive Description, Davidse, Kristin and Liesbet Heyvaert (eds.), pp. 105–136
This study investigates the opposition between intra-clausal and extra-clausal positions in the preverbal domain in English, German and Dutch. It is argued that some of the traditional criteria used to distinguish between these positions, especially the criterion of pronominal resumption, are not… read more | Article
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe 2004 Introduction: Grounding and headedness in the noun phraseGrounding and headedness in the noun phrase, Verstraete, Jean-Christophe (ed.), pp. 1–5
This paper attempts to develop a comprehensive model for the problem of internal vs. external conjunction (Halliday & Hasan 1976). It is first argued that the distinction between internal and external conjunction is not merely a matter of semantics, but that the two types are semiotically… read more | Article