Robert Van Valin

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Dusseldorf

Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. received his BA in Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego in 1973 and his PhD in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He has taught at the University of Arizona, Temple University, the University of California, Davis and the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He is currently Professor of Linguistics at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands. His research areas include syntactic theory (Role and Reference Grammar), language typology and Native American languages (Lakhota, Yatee Zapotec). His publications include Functional Syntax and Universal Grammar (with W. Foley) (CUP, 1984), Advances in Role and Reference Grammar (ed.) (Benjamins, 1993), Syntax: Structure, Meaning and Function (with R. LaPolla) (CUP, 1997), An Introduction to Syntax (CUP, 2001), Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface (CUP, 2005) and Investigations of the Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface (ed.) (Benjamins, 2008).