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Eva Van Lier

Formerly at Lancaster University

Eva Van Lier

Current Teaching

I teach a second-year course with Professor Anna Siewierska on Functional Typology. This course gives an overview of major topics in linguistic typology, from a functionalist perspective. We discuss morpho-syntacticpatterns ina wide variety oflanguages,looking atconstituent order, semantic roles and grammatical relations, alignment patterns of case and agreement, and valency changing operations.

Research Interests

My research interests concern linguistic typology and its relation to other (sub-)disciplines, including functional linguistic theory, language change, and language acquisition. I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2009.(http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/e.h.vanlier/).

My PhD thesis comprises a typological study of of 50 languages from allover the world. It investigates the relation between multi-functionality displayed by word classes and by dependent clause constructionsin particular languages. My thesis is available online: http://www.lotpublications.nl/index3.html(scroll down to 2009). A printed copy can be ordered with LOT as well or by sending me an e-mail.

Since September 2009 I am working as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Anna Siewierska (http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/profiles/299/) on a project on Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax (RHIM). This project is part of the BABEL (Better Analyses Based on Endangered Languages) initiative of the European Science Foundation. It unites researchers from the universities of Lancaster, Leipzig, Zurich, Cologne, and Oregon (US). We investigate the morpho-syntactic effects of referential factors (such as animacy, definiteness, topicality, person) on alignment, with a special focus on endangered languages of the Americas and the Himalayas. Anna Siewierska and I are particularly interested in the effects of referential hierarchies on the encoding of constructions involving three participants (ditransitives). We are organising a workshop on this topic at Lancaster in May this year: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/referential_hierarchies/

More information about the RHIM project can be found on the following webpages:




Additional Information


Siewierska, Anna & Eva van Lier. submitted. "Encoding a non-prototypical three-participant event across Europe." In Johanna Barddal & Michaela Cennamo (Eds). Variation and change in argument realization.

J. Rijkhoff & E. van Lier (Eds.), submitted.Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. (book manuscript under review with Oxford University Press)

Don, Jan & Eva van Lier, submitted."On the lack of word-class distinction: flexibility and conversion." In: Jan Rijkhoff & Eva van Lier (Eds): Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. (Oxford University Press).

Siewierska, Anna & Eva van Lier fc. Ditransitive constructions with two human non-agentive arguments. In: Faits de Langues. Special issue on saillance/salience, edited by K. Haude & A. Montaut.

Fischer, Rafael & Eva van Lier, in press. "Cofán subordinate clauses in a typology of subordination." To appear in: Pieter Muysken, Katharina Haude & Rik van Gijn (Eds): Subordination in South American Indian Languages. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Hengeveld, Kees & Eva van Lier 2010. "A functional map of Parts-of-Speech". In Andrej Malchukov, Michael Cysouw & Martin Haspelmath (eds.), Semantic Maps: Methods and Applications. Linguistic Discovery 7.1.

Van Lier, Eva 2009. Parts of Speech and Dependent Clauses. A typological study. LOT dissertation series no. 221. LOT: Utrecht.

Hengeveld Kees & Eva van Lier 2008. Lexical and complex heads in Functional Discourse grammar. Studies in Language 32:3, 753-785.

Van Lier, Eva. 2006. Parts-of-speech systems and dependent clauses: a typological study. Folia Linguistica 40/3-4, 239-304.

Verhagen, J., Lier, E., Dikker, S., Cardoso, H., & Arends, J. 2006. On the presence versus absence of morphological marking in four Romance-based creoles. In Parth Bhatt& Ingo Plag (Eds.), The structure of creole words: Segmental, syllabic and morphological aspects. (Linguistische Arbeiten 505) Tübingen: Niemeyer.

Dikker, Suzanne & Eva van Lier 2005. The interplay between syntactic and conceptual information: Agreement domains in FDG. In: J.Lachlan Mackenzie & María de los Ángeles Gómez-Gonzáles (eds.): Studies in Functional Discourse Grammar. (Linguistic Insights 26). Bern: Peter Lang.

Van Lier, Eva 2005. The explanatory power of typological hierarchies: developmental perspectives on non-verbal predication. In: Casper de Groot & Kees Hengeveld (eds.): Morphosyntactic Expression in Functional Grammar. (Functional Grammar Series 27). New York/Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Van Lier, Eva 2004: Straattaal. Neerlandica Extra Muros. February 2004.

Presentations and Talks

'Lexical and referential effects on three-participant constructions.' Presentation with Anna Siewierska at the 4th Conference on Syntax of the World's Languages (SLW IV), Lyon, France, 23-26 September 2010.

'Hierarchical systems and three-participant constructions.' Presentation with Anna Siewierska and Katharina Haude at the 43th Annual Meeting of the Sociatas Linguisticae Europeae (SLE). Vilnius, Lithuanina. 1-4 September 2010, also at the 4th Conference on Syntax of the World's Languages (SLW IV), Lyon, France, 23-26 September 2010.

'A lexicalist perspective on the ditransitive topicality-role constraint.'Presentation with Anna Siewierska (in collaboration with Alex Francois, Diana Schakow, and Robert Schikowsky) at the EuroBABEL workshop on Referential hierarchy effects on the morphosyntax of verbal arguments, Leipzig 28-29 August 2010. http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~typology/differential/eurobabel.workshop2010.html

'Non-prototypical ditransitives.' Presentation with Anna Siewierska at the Workshop on Variation and Change in Argument Realization. University of Naples/Capri. 27-30 May 2010

'Functional flexibility and transparency - A typological investigation of word classes and dependent clauses.' Talk at the Americanist Colloquium, Radbout University Nijmegen. 18 March 2010.

'Assessing referential effects in ditransitives.' Presentation with Alena Witzlack, Anna Siewierska, and Balthasar Bickel at the 1st workshop on Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax. Leipzig University, 15 March 2010, Leipzig.

'Referential hierarchies in Morphosyntax.' Talk at colloquium of the Research Groupfor Theoretical Linguistics, Lancaster University. 28 January 2010.

'Epistemic Complementizers' Talk with Kasper Boye at the Typology Colloquium, Leipzig University, 14 January 2010.

'Referential hierarchies in mopho-syntax'. Talk at the Optimal Communication Colloquium. Radbout University Nijmegen, Nijmegen. 6 January 2010.

'Semantic (non-)compositionality and (re-)categorization in flexible languages.' Paper presented with Jan Don at the first conference on Morphology of the World's Languages, Leipzig University, 11-13 June 2009, and and the conference on Universals and Typology in Word Formation in Kosice, Slovakia, 16-18 August 2009.

'The cross-linguistic coding of the contrast between States of Affairs and Propositions.' Paper presented with Kasper Boye at the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT8), University of California, Berkeley. 23-26 July 2009.

'Epistemic complementizers - a cross-linguistic survey.' Paper presented with Kasper Boye at the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT8), University of California, Berkeley. 23-26 July 2009.

'Flexibility in grammar: its diversity and its limits.' Paper presented with Jan Don and Kees Hengeveld at the 3rd conference of Syntax of the World's Languages in Berlin, 26 September 2008.

"Distributional patterns of parts of speech and dependent clauses." Guest talk given at the Max Planck Insitute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipig, Germany. 25 oktober 2007, and at the Typology Colloquium of Leipzig University, 1 November 2007.

'Word classes and dependent clauses: Functional rigidity versus flexibility.' Paper presented at the the 7th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT7) in Paris, 25-28th September 2007.

'A functional map of parts of speech.' Paper presented with Kees Hengeveld on the Workshop on Semantic Maps, methods and application, Paris, 29 September 2007.

'On the lack of word-class distinction: flexibility and conversion.' Paper with Jan Don, presented at the Workshop on Flexible Languages, Amsterdam, April 20, 2007.

'The distribution of Parts-of-Speech and Dependent Clauses in Cofán.' Paper with Rafael Fischer, presentedat the Americanist Workshop on Subordination, Max Plack Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, 15 December 2007, and at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Studyof the Indigenous Languages of the Americas(SSILA), Anaheim, California, 4-7 January 2007.

'Parts-of-Speech and Dependent clauses: a typological study.' Presentation at Nieuw Amsterdams Peil 2006, Amsterdam, September 29, 2006.

'Flexibility and rigidity of Parts-of-Speech classes and Dependent clauses.'Paper presented at the 2nd Conference on Syntax of the World's Languages (SWL2), Lancaster, 14-17 September 2006.

'Lexical and complex heads and modifiers in FDG.' With Kees Hengeveld. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Functional Grammar. Sao José de Rio Preto, Brazil. July 19, 2006.

'The distributional parallel between Parts-of-Speech and dependent clauses'. Paper presented at the Conference on Universalityand Particularity in Parts-of-Speech Systems. Amsterdam, June 8-10 2006.

'Predicting the coding and distribution of dependent predicateson the basis of parts-of-speech systems: a typological pilot study.' Presented as a paper at the 38th Conference of the Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE 38) (Formal, Functional, and Typological Perspectives on Discourse and Grammar.), September 2005, Valencia, Spain.Presented as a poster at the 5th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM5), September 2005, Fréjus, France.

'On the whereabouts of gender and number agreement: location and accessibility.' Paperpresented at the 11th International Functional Grammar Conference (ICFG 11), September 2004, Gijón, Spain. (together with Suzanne Dikker).

'Inflectional morphology in four Romance-based Creoles.' Paper presented at the International Workshop on the Phonology and Morphology of Creole Languages. Siegen, Germany. October 2003 (together with J. Arends, H. Cardoso, S. Dikker en J. Verhagen).

'Streetlanguage: a multilingal variety spoken by multi-ethnic groups of adolescents in cities of the Netherlands.' Poster presented at the 15th Sociolinguistics Symposium (SS 15), April 2004, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Other (former) activities and a brief CV

Former teaching:

Co-teacher of 'The essence of Language' (MA course for non-linguists), in English.

Co-teacher of 'Inleiding Taalwetenschap' (Introduction to linguistics) and

'Taaltheorie' (Linguistic theories, BA course). Both in Dutch.

Book editing:

Co-editor (with Jan Rijkhoff) of a volume on Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. Submitted to Oxford University Press.

Reviewing: for the following journals: Studies in Language, Linguistic Discovery, Language Sciences, Studies in African Linguistics Alfa Revista Lingüística.

Organisational activities:

Currently: Co-organiser of conference on Referential Hierarchies and Ditransitives. May 2011, Lancaster University.

February-April 2007: Organiser of international workshop on flexible languages, April 20, 2007, at the University of Amsterdam.

January 2006 - Febraury 2007: PhD-representative in the advisory board of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)

Academic Training/Work experience:

2009-current: Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.

2004-2009: PhD Theoretical Linguistics, Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC), University of Amsterdam. Thesis: 'Parts of Speech and Dependent Clauses - A typological study.

2003-2004:Researcher at the Meertens Instituut (Koninklijke Academie van Wetenschappen), Amsterdam.

1999-2002: General Linguistics, University of Amsterdam. M.A. Thesis:'Typologie en Tweede Taalverwerving: De verwerving van complementconstructies in het Nederlands als tweede taal.'2002-2003:MPhil Linguistics, University of Amsterdam Thesis:'The explanatory power of typological hierarchies: developmental perspectives on non-verbal predication.'

Student assistant of the Steunpunt Nederlands als vreemde taal, University of Amsterdam/Nederlandse Taalunie

1998-1999: Spanish language and linguistics, University of Amsterdam

1997-1998: Dutch language and linguistics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Other Interests and Hobbies

Besides linguistics, I like running, cycling, and hiking - cooking and eating - playing the violin - reading.