Reflections on the Study of Language: An Interview with Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.

Delia Bentley, Kiyoko Toratani

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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 Linguistics (CL). The article discusses RRG vis-à-vis CL and other approaches to the study of language. It aims to raise awareness about the shared principles of RRG and CL, to enhance cross-fertilization between the two approaches and ultimately inspire new research directions in linguistic theory. The paper is organized into three main parts: (i) background information on the birth and development of RRG, (ii) general principles and commitments of RRG and CL, and (iii) specific issues in the study of language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-595
JournalReview of Cogntive Linguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Nov 2023


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