This volume presents research on major issues in syntactic theory within Role and Reference Grammar. This theory was first presented in detail in Functional Syntax and Universal Grammar [FSUG], and these papers represent both expansions and applications of the theory to a wide range of phenomena. The first section contains an introduction to the theory which is the most thorough statement of it since FSUG, summarizing the features of Role and Reference Grammar established there and developing new theoretical components and analyses of syntactic phenomena not discussed in the earlier work. Throughout the discussion features of RRG are compared and contrasted with comparable features of other syntactic theories. The remainder of the volume is devoted to detailed analyses of specific problems, e.g. control, case marking, in a wide variety of languages, e.g. Mandarin Chinese, Nootka, Mparntwe Arrernte and Turkish. Thus the works presented here illustrate well the strong cross-linguistic approach to syntactic theory and description in Role and Reference Grammar.
1. Editor's introduction; 2. I. The theory; 3. A synopsis of role and reference grammar (by Van Valin Jr., Robert D.); 4. II. Applying the theory; 5. Semantic and syntactic factors in control (by Cutrer, L. Michelle); 6. Serial verbs and complement constructions in Mandarin: A clause linkage analysis (by Hansell, Mark); 7. Subordination and cosubordination in Nootka: Clause combining in a Polysynthetic verb-initial language (by Jacobsen, Jr., William H.); 8. Preposition assignment in English (by Jolly, Julia A.); 9. On deviant case-marking in Latin (by Michaelis, Laura A.); 10. Argument linking in English derived nominals (by Nunes, Mary L.); 11. On the syntactc and semantic alignment of attributive and identificational constructions (by Schwartz, Linda); 12. Of nominatives and datives: universal grammar from the bottom up (by Silverstein, Michael); 13. Predicting syntactic structure from semantic representation: Remember in English and its equivalents in Mparntwe Arrernte (by Van Valin Jr., Robert D.); 14. An investigation of Turkish clause linkage (by Watters, James K.); 15. Topics index; 16. Language index