Delia Bentley

List of John Benjamins publications for which Delia Bentley plays a role.



This article reports an interview with Robert D. Van Valin, Jr., which was held on March 2, 2023, with follow-up e-mail exchanges. Robert Van Valin is the primary developer of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), a syntactic theory whose principles and commitments intersect with those of Cognitive… read more | Discussion
I examine Italian and Sicilian main-clause word order drawing upon Van Valin (1993, 1999, 2005) and Van Valin & LaPolla (1997). Van Valin’s (1999) hypothesis on the typology of the interplay of focus structure and syntax is corroborated by micro-parametric variation. Although Italian is subject to… read more | Article
Bentley, Delia 2000 Metonymy and Metaphor in the Evolution of Modal Verbs: Evidence from Italo-RomanceModal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages, Auwera, Johan van der and Patrick Dendale (eds.), pp. 1–22
Abstract. The semantic development of the Italo-Romance outcomes of habeo (plus particle) and infinitive does not involve any dramatic changes. The earliest attestations of Sardinian áere a already express prototypical futurity (alongside deontic modality). On the other hand, a number of minimal… read more | Article