Colloquium: "Exploring The Syntax-Semantics Interface"


Language is a system of communication in which grammatical form serves to express meaning in context. While all languages meet the same basic communicative needs, they each make use of different means. Syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact in different ways across languages. This colloquium brings together a number of renowned researchers who explore the interaction between form, meaning, and communicative function in human languages from different perspectives. The presentation topics range from the definition of syntactic categories over the cognitive foundations of lexical semantics to the impact of cultural constraints on linguistic form.

The colloquium takes place in honor of the 60th birthday of Robert D.Van Valin, Jr. Van Valin is widely known as the principal developer of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), a linguistic framework that combines insights from cross-linguistic syntactic analysis, lexical semantics, and formal pragmatics in a way that makes it equally attractive for theoretical linguists, field linguists and psycholinguists. Van Valin has developed, applied and refined his model of language for more than 30 years. Last but not least, he has taught RRG extensively all over the world.

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