Randy LaPolla

Professor
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Nanyang Technological University
E-mail: randylapolla@ntu.edu.sg
Page: http://randylapolla.net/

Fields of interest:

  • Sino-Tibetan linguistics
  • Linguistic typology
  • Historical linguistics (including Grammaticalization and Sino-Tibetan reconstruction)
  • Functional and interactional approaches to communication and language emergence
  • Pragmatics (particularly Relevance Theory)
  • Fieldwork on endangered languages / anthropological linguistics

Recent publications:

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

R. LaPolla
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.

R. LaPolla, F. Kratochvíl, A. R. Coupe
On transitivity.
Studies in Language 35(2011).3:469-492.

R. LaPolla
On transitivity in two Tibeto-Burman languages.
Studies in Language 35(2011).3:637-650.

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

Dai Qingxia, Luo Rendi (Randy J. LaPolla), Wang Feng (eds.)
Dao Tianye qu—Yuyanxue Tianye Diaocha de Fangfa yu Shijian (To the Field—The Method and Experience of Linguistic Fieldwork),
Beijing: Minzu Chubanshe, 2009.

R. J. LaPolla, C. Huang
A Grammar of Qiang, with Annotated Texts and Glossary (Mouton Grammar Library 39),
Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2003.

G. Thurgood, R. J. LaPolla (eds.)
The Sino-Tibetan Languages (Routledge Language Family Series 3),
London & New York: Routledge 2003 .

R. D. Van Valin, Jr., R. J. LaPolla
Syntax: Structure, Meaning and Function (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics Series),
Cambridge University Press, 1997.