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Selected Publications by Randy LaPolla

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Books

  • The Sino-Tibetan Languages, 2nd Edition, ed. by Graham Thurgood & Randy J. LaPolla. London & New York: Routledge, in press, 2017.

  • The Sino-Tibetan Languages, 2nd Edition, ed. by Graham Thurgood & Randy J. LaPolla. London & New York: Routledge, in press, due 2016.

    • Rawang-English-Burmese Dictionary (Randy J. LaPolla & David Sangdong). http://www.tibeto-burman.net/rda/dictionary/. Also limited print run for distribution to the community, December 2015. * Language Structure and Environment: Social, cultural and natural factors, edited by Rik De Busser and Randy J. LaPolla. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015.

  • Studies in Transitivity: Insights from Language Documentation. Special issue of the journal Studies in Language (35.3) (F. Kratochvı́l, A. Coupe & R. LaPolla, eds.). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011. 


     

Papers

  •  Noun-Modifying Clausal Constructions in Sino-Tibetan Languages”. In: Yoshiko Matsumoto, Bernard Comrie, & Peter Sells (eds.), Noun-Modifying Clause Constructions in Languages of Eurasia: Reshaping theoretical and geographical boundaries. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, in press, 2017.
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  •  “Notions of ‘Subject’”. In Rint Sybesma (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill, in press, 2016.

  • “Topic and Comment”. In Rint Sybesma (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill, in press, 2016. 

  •  “On scholarship in Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Review article on Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics, ed. by Richard VanNess Simmons and Newell Ann Van Auken”. Commissioned review article for Journal of the American Oriental Society 136.3, in press, 2016. 

  •  “On categorization: Stick to the facts of the languages”. Invited position paper for special issue of Linguistic Typology 20.2 on descriptive vs. comparative categories, in press, 2016. 

  •  “Review of The Language Myth, by Vyvyan Evans”. Commissioned review for Studies in Language 40 (April 2016).1: 235–252. doi 10.1075/sl.40.1.09lap 

  •  "On the logical necessity of a cultural and cognitive connection for the origin of all aspects of linguistic structure". In Language Structure and Environment: Social, cultural and natural factors, edited by Rik De Busser and Randy J. LaPolla, 31-44. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015.

  •  “Sino-Tibetan Syntax”. In William S-Y Wang and Chaofen Sun (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics, 45-57. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 

  • “Towards a new approach to evidentiality: Issues and directions for research”. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 37.2: 240-263, October 2014.

  • “Constituent structure in a Tagalog text”. Language and Linguistics 15.6: 761-774, October 2014.

  • "Arguments for a construction-based approach to the analysis of Chinese". In Human Language Resources and Linguistic Typology, Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Sinology, edited by Tseng Chiu-yu, 33-57. Taiwan: Academia Sinica, 2013.

  • “Subgrouping in Tibeto-Burman: Can an individual-identifying standard be developed? How do we factor in the history of migrations and language contact?” In What’s Where Why? Language Typology and Historical Contingency, edited by Balthasar Bickel, Lenore A. Grenoble, David A. Peterson, & Alan Timberlake, 463 – 474. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub Co., 2013. 

  • “Arguments for a construction-based approach to the analysis of Sino-Tibetan languages”. In Peng Gang & Shi Feng (ed.), Eastward Flows the Great River— Festschrift in Honor of Professor William S-Y. WANG on his 80th Birthday, 127-141. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, 2013. 

  • “Eastern Asia: Sino-Tibetan linguistic history”. In Emmanuel Ness (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, Prehistory Volume, Chapter 25. Chicester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2013.

  • “Comments on methodology and evidence in Sino-Tibetan comparative linguistics”. Language and Linguistics (Special issue on Sino-Tibetan Comparative Studies) 13(2012).1:117-132.

  • “On transitivity”. (Randy J. LaPolla, František Kratochvíl & Alexander R. Coupe). Studies in Language 35(2011).3:469-492.

  • “On transitivity in two Tibeto-Burman languages”. Studies in Language 35(2011).3:637-650.

  • “Hierarchical person marking in the Rawang language”. In Forty Years of Sino-Tibetan Language Studies: Proceedings of ICSTLL-40, ed. by Dai Zhaoming, 107-113. Heilongjiang University Press, Dec. 2010.

  • “Feilübin Tagaluo yu (Tagalog) de cilei fanchou (The lexical categories of the Tagalog language of the Philippines)”. Yuyanxue Luncong 41. Beijing: Peking University, 2010.




Conferences 

  • “The how and why of syntactic relations”. Invited plenary address and keynote of the Centre for Research on Language Change Workshop on Grammatical Change at theAnnual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, University of Queensland, 7-9 July, 2006. To appear in Christian Lehmann, Stavros Skopeteas, Christian Marschke (ed), Evolution of syntactic relations (Trends in Linguistics Series). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, to appear. (conference draft) 

  • “’Transitivity harmony’ in the Rawang language of northern Myanmar”. From the southern hemisphere: Parameters of language variation—E-Proceedings of the 2008 Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society(University of Sydney, 2-4 July, 2008), ed. by L. de Beuzeville & P. Peters, 1-9. Published 2010 on line; full collection at http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/6860.)

  • “On the Utility of a Communication-based Empirical Approach in Linguistics”. Invited keynote address to 15th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics (IsCLL-15), National Hsinchu University of Education, 27-29 May 2016.

  • “Linguistic Typology and its applications for Applied Linguistics”. 30th SAAL Lecture 2015, Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics 30th Annual Meeting, Raffles Town Club, 31 October 2015.

  • “Once again on methodology in Sino-Tibetan linguistics: Problems with van Driem's 'Trans-Himalayan'”. Invited Keynote presentation to the 47th International Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics Conference, Institute of Sino-Tibetan Studies, Yunnan Normal University, China, 17-19 Oct. 2014.

  • “Variation of tone in different grammatical constructions in Rawang” (Randy J. LaPolla & David Sangdong). Paper presented to the 24th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS24), Yangon University, Myanmar, 27-31 May, 2014.

  • "Critique of bilingualism research" China-ASEAN Symposium on Cross-culture Education and the 10th International Bilingualism Symposium, Guiyang, Guizhou, China, 16-17 September, 2013.

  • "Why Systemic Functional Grammar isn't just for those working in SFG (and vice versa)". Keynote presentation to 40th International Systemic Functional Congress (ISFC40), Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 15-19 July, 2013.

  • “Once again on person-marking in Tibeto-Burman: A reply to DeLancey 2010”. Paper presented at the 45th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguisitics, Nanyang Technological University, 26-28 October, 2012.

  • “Clausal Noun-Modifying Constructions in Sino-Tibetan Languages”. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Sinology, Academia Sinica, 20-22 June, 2012.

  • “Arguments for a construction-based approach to the analysis of Chinese”. Keynote presentation to The Second International Symposium on Chinese Language and Discourse, Nanyang Technological University, 9-11 June, 2012. 

  • “Arguments for a construction-based approach to the analysis of Sino-Tibetan languages”. Keynote presentation to the Workshop on Typological Studies of Languages of China, held in conjunction with ALT9, University of Hong Kong, 21 July, 2011.

  • “The nature of cognition, communication and language, and their influence on language development”. The 8th China International Forum on Cognitive Linguistics, Beijing (several universities), 4-11 November, 2010.

  • “On the logical necessity of a cultural connection for all aspects of linguistic structure”. 10th RCLT International Workshop, “The Shaping of Language”, La Trobe University, 14, July 2010. Downloadable podcast and handout available on iTunes U: http://itunes.apple.com/au/itunes-u/the-shaping-of-language/id391930814