mw. dr. E.H. (Eva) van Lier


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Taalwetenschap
  • Spuistraat  210
    1012 VT  Amsterdam
  • E.H.vanLier@uva.nl

Current and recent research projects

I'm currently working as postdoctoral researcher on the project "Nouns and verbs, and what it means not to have them", with an NWO VENI-grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research.
My project investigates the semantics and morpho-syntax of flexible word classes in a sub-family of Oceanic languages, from a functional-typological perspective.
In relation to this project, I co-edited, together with Jan Rijkhoff, a volume on flexible word classes, which was published by Ofxord University Press in August 2013.

My PhD research comprised a typological study of word class systems and dependent clause constructions in 50 languages around the world. Specifically, I investigated the relation between functional flexibility of word classes and dependent clause constructions particular languages. My thesis won the Joseph Greenberg Award for best typological dissertation between 2009 and 2013.

After obtaining my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam in 2009, I worked for two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Anna Siewierska at Lancaster University, on the project "Referential hierarchies in morpho-syntax" (RHIM), funded by the European Science Foundation (see EuroBABEL link below).

Publications

 

 

 

Submitted

 

  • Van Bergen, G., E. van Lier. & P. de Swart. Lexical preferences in Dutch ditransitives. Submitted for edited volume on New ways of analyzing syntactic variation.
  • Van Lier, E., J.Jansen & A. Witzlack-Makarevich. Referential and lexical factors in ditransitive alignment variation. Submitted to Folia Linguistica.
  • Van Lier, E. & M. van Rijn. Argument coding in nominalizations of Central-Eastern Oceanic languages. Submitted to Lingue e Linguaggio.

 

 

2013

 

  • Don, J. & E. van Lier. Categorization and derivation in flexible and differentiated languages. In J. Rijkhoff & E. van Lier (eds.), Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. Oxford University Press. pp. 56-88.
  • Rijkhoff, J. & E. van Lier (eds.) 2013. Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. Oxford University Press.
  • Siewierska, A. & E. van Lier 2013. Introduce: encoding of a non-prototypical three-participant event across Europe. In E. van Gelderen, M. Cennamo and J. Barðdal. (eds.), Argument structure in flux: the Naples/Capri papers. Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 169-200.Van Lier, E. & J. Rijkhoff 2013. Flexible word classes in linguistic typology and grammatical theory. In J. Rijkhoff & E. van Lier (eds.), Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. Oxford University Press. pp. 1-30.
  • Van Lier, E. & J. Rijkhoff 2013. Flexible word classes in linguistic typology and grammatical theory.
    In J. Rijkhoff & E. van Lier (eds.), Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech. Oxford University Press. pp. 1-30.

 

2012

 

  • Croft, W. & E. van Lier 2012. Language universals without universal categories. Theoretical Linguistics 38-1/2: 57-72.
  • Russell, L., I. Genee, F. Zúñiga & E. van Lier 2012. Referential hierarchies in three-participant constructions in Blackfoot. In E. van Lier (ed.), Referential hierarchies in three-participant constructions. Linguistic Discovery 10/3: 55-79.
  • Siewierska, A. & E. van Lier 2012. Ditransitive constructions with two human non-agentive arguments. Faits de Langues 39: 141-156 , edited by K. Haude & A. Montaut.
  • Van Lier, E. 2012a. Reconstructing multifunctionality. Theoretical Linguistics 38-1/2: 119-136.
  • Van Lier, E. 2012b: Referential effects on the expression of three-participant events across languages. An introduction in memory of Anna Siewierska. Linguistic Discovery 10/3: 1-16.
  • Van Lier, E. 2012c (ed.): Referential hierarchies in three-participant constructions. Special issue of Linguistic Discovery (volume 10, issue 3).

 

 

2011

 

  • Fischer, R. & E. van Lier 2011. Cofán subordinate clauses in a typology of subordination. In P. Muysken, K. Haude & R. van Gijn (eds.), Subordination in South American Indian Languages. Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 221 – 249.

 

2010

 

  • Hengeveld, K. & E. van Lier. 2010. A functional map of Parts-of-Speech. In A. Malchukov, M. Cysouw & M. Haspelmath (eds.), Semantic Maps: Methods and Applications. Special issue of Linguistic Discovery 7/1.

 

 

2009

 

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

 

 

2008

 

  • Hengeveld, K. & E. van Lier 2008. Lexical and complex heads in Functional Discourse Grammar. Studies in Language 32/3 753 – 785.

 

2006

 

  • Van Lier, E. 2006. Parts-of-speech systems and dependent clauses: a typological study. Folia Linguistica 40/3-4, 239 – 304.
  • Verhagen, J., E. van Lier, S. Dikker, H. Cardoso, & J. Arends 2006. On the presence versus absence of morphological marking in four Romance-based creoles. In P. Bhatt & I. Plag (eds.), The structure of creole words: Segmental, syllabic and morphological aspects. (Linguistische Arbeiten 505) Tübingen: Niemeyer. pp. 223 – 241.

 

 

2005

  • Dikker, S. & E. van Lier 2005. The interplay between syntactic and conceptual information: Agreement domains in FDG. In J. Lachlan Mackenzie & M. de los Ángeles Gómez-Gonzáles (eds.), Studies in Functional Discourse Grammar. (Linguistic Insights 26) Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 83 – 108.
  • Van Lier, E. 2005. The explanatory power of typological hierarchies: developmental perspectives on non-verbal predication. In C. de Groot & K. Hengeveld (eds.), Morphosyntactic Expression in Functional Grammar. (Functional Grammar Series 27) New York/Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 249 – 280.

 

2004

  • Van Lier, E. 2004. Straattaal. Neerlandica Extra Muros. Tijdschrift van de Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek. Februari 2004. Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers.

 

Teaching and supervision

Current

  • Co-supervisor of PhD project Predication and modification within the noun phrase. A typological study (with Prof. Kees Hengeveld).
  • Supervisor of Research MA thesis Typology and diachrony of differential object marking in Semitic languages.

2013 - 2005

  • Taaltypologie (Linguistic typology), BA Linguistics, UvA, 2013. Teacher and course designer.
  • Inleiding taalwetenschap (Introduction to Linguistics), BA Dutch Linguistics and Literature, UvA, 2013.
  • European Linguistics, BA Humanities, UvA, 2012.
  • Perspectives on Universals I, with special focus on complement clauses, RMA Linguistics UvA, 2011.
  • Guest lectures on lexical categorization and language universals in courses on Semantics (BA Linguistics UvA); Cognitive Grammar (BA Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University); Fundamental questions in Linguistics, MA Humanities, UvA, 2010-2013.
  • Functional Typology, BA Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, 2009 and 2010.
  • The essence of language, MA Humanities, UvA 2007.
  • Taaltheorieën (Linguistic theories), BA Linguistics, UvA 2006.
  • Inleiding taalwetenschap (Introduction to Linguistics), BA Spanish, UvA 2005.

 

Presentations

PDFs of most of these presentation are available upon request.

 

 

Invited talks

  • Patterns of multifunctionality in word classes and dependent clauses. 10th Biennial Meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT10), Leipzig, 15 August 2013.

 

  • Nouns and verbs and what it means (not) to have them. Descriptive Linguistics Colloquium, Leiden University, January 2012.

 

  • Societal Relevance and what it means (not) to have it. Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam, 24 November 2011.
  • Functional flexibility and transparency - A typological investigation. Americanist Colloquium, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 18 March 2010.

 

  • Epistemic Complementizers. With K. Boye. Typological Colloquium, Leipzig University, 14 January 2010.

 

  • Referential hierarchies in morpho-syntax. Optimal Communication Colloquium, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 6 January 2010.

 

  • Distributional patterns of parts of speech and dependent clauses. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, 25 October 2007.

Conference and workshop presentations

2013

  • Argument marking in Oceanic nominalizations. With Marlou van Rijn. 10th Biennial meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT10), Leipzig, 16 August 2013.

2012

  • Lexical preferences in Dutch ditransitives. Poster presentation with Peter de Swart and Geertje van Bergen. Workshop New ways of analyzing syntactic variation, Nijmegen, 15 November 2012.
  • Nominal/verbal marking in Oceanic languages. 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europeae (SLE 44). Stockholm, 30 August 2012.
  • Referential hierarchies and three-participant constructions. With Katharina Haude. ESF EuroBABEL closing conference, Leiden, 23 August 2012.

2011

  • Ditransitives and alignment typology – in memory of Anna Siewierska. 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europeae (SLE 44). Logroño, 8 September 2011.
  • Alignment typology in three-participant constructions. With A. Siewierska & A. Witzlack-Makarevich.  9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT9). Hong Kong, 21-24 July 2011.
  • Referential hierarchies in three-participant constructions in Blackfoot: The effects of animacy, topicality, person, and specificity. With Inge Genee & Fernando Zúñiga. Workshop on Referential Hierarchies in Three-participant constructions. Lancaster, 20-21 May 2011.
  • Introducing people and ideas in Europe and beyond. With A. Siewierska. Workshop on Role complexes – (new) approaches to defining semantic roles. Zurich, 4-5 April 2011.

2010

  • Lexical and referential effects on three-participant constructions. With A. Siewierska. 4th Conference on Syntax of the World's Languages (SLW IV). Lyon, 23-26 September 2010.

 

  • Hierarchical systems and three-participant constructions. With A. Siewierska & K. Haude. 43th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europeae (SLE 43). Vilnius, 1-4 September 2010.

 

  • Non-prototypical ditransitives. With A. Siewierska. Workshop on variation and change in argument realization. Napels/Capri, 27-30 May 2010.

 

  • Assessing referential effects in ditransitives. With A. Witzlack-Makarevich, A. Siewierska, & B. Bickel. 1st Euro BABEL workshop on Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax. Leipzig, 15 March 2010.

2009

  • Semantic (non-)compositionality and (re-)categorization in flexible languages. With J. Don. 1st conference on Morphology of the World's Languages (MOWL 1). Leipzig, 11-13 June 2009, and at the Conference on universals and typology in word formation. Kosice, 16-18 August 2009.
  • Epistemic complementizers - a cross-linguistic survey. With K. Boye. 8th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT8). Berkeley, 23-26 July 2009.

2008

  • Flexibility in grammar: its diversity and its limits. With J. Don & K. Hengeveld. 3rd conference of Syntax of the World's Languages (SWL III). Berlin, 26 September 2008.

2007

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

 

  • A functional map of parts of speech. With K. Hengeveld. Workshop on semantic maps – methods and application. Paris, 29 September 2007.

 

  • On the lack of word-class distinction: flexibility and conversion. With J. Don. International workshop on flexible languages. Amsterdam, 20 April 2007.

 

  • The distribution of parts-of-speech and dependent clauses in Cofán. With R. Fischer, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Anaheim, California, 4-7 January 2007.

2006

  • Flexibility and rigidity of parts-of-speech classes and dependent clauses. 2nd Conference on Syntax of the World's Languages (SWL II). Lancaster, 14-17 September 2006.

 

  • Lexical and complex heads and modifiers in FDG. With K. Hengeveld. 12th International Conference on Functional Grammar (ICFG 12). Sao José de Rio Preto, Brazil, 19 July 2006.

 

  • The distributional parallel between parts-of-speech and dependent clauses. Conference on universality and particularity in parts-of-speech systems. Amsterdam, 8-10 June 2006.

2005

  • Predicting the coding and distribution of dependent predicates on the basis of parts-of-speech systems: a typological pilot study. 38th Conference of the Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE 38). Valencia, September 2005.

2004

  • On the whereabouts of gender and number agreement location and accessibility. With S. Dikker. 11th International Functional Grammar Conference (ICFG 11). Gijón, September 2004.

2003

  • Inflectional morphology in four Romance-based Creoles. With J. Arends, H. Cardoso, S. Dikker en J. Verhagen. International workshop on the phonology and morphology of creole languages. Siegen, October 2003.

 

CV

My full CV can be downloaded below.

2013

  • J. Don & E.H. van Lier (2013). Categorization and derivation in flexible and differentiated languages. In J. Rijkhoff & E.H. van Lier (Eds.), Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech (pp. 56-88). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • E. van Lier & J. Rijkhoff (2013). Flexible word classes in linguistic typology and grammatical theory. In J. Rijkhoff & E. van Lier (Eds.), Flexible word classes: a typological study of underspecified parts-of-speech (pp. 1-30). Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668441.003.0001
  • A. Siewierska & E. van Lier (2013). Introduce: encoding a non-prototypical three-participant event across Europe. In E. van Gelderen, M. Cennamo & J. Barðdal (Eds.), Argument structure in flux: the Naples-Capri papers (Studies in Language Companion Series, 131) (pp. 169-200). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • E.H. van Lier & M. van Rijn (2013). Argument coding in nominalizations of Central-Eastern Oceanic languages. Lingue e Linguaggio, 12 (2), 279-305.

2012

2011

  • R. Fischer & E. van Lier (2011). Cofán subordinate clauses in a typology of subordination. In R. van Gijn, K. Haude & P. Muysken (Eds.), Subordination in native South American languages (Typological studies in language, 97) (pp. 221-249). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

2010

  • K. Hengeveld & E. van Lier (2010). Parts of speech and dependent clauses in Functional Discourse Grammar. In U. Ansaldo, J. Don & R. Pfau (Eds.), Parts of speech: empirical and theoretical advances (Benjamins current topics, 25) (pp. 253-285). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • K. Hengeveld & E. van Lier (2010). An implicational map of parts of speech. Linguistic Discovery, 8 (1), 129-156.[go to publisher's site]

2008

2006

  • J. Verhagen, E.H. van Lier, S. Dikker, H. Cardoso & J. Arends (2006). On the presence versus absence of morphological marking in four Romance-based creoles. In P. Bhatt & I. Plag (Eds.), The structure of creole words: Segmental, syllabic and morphological aspects (Linguistische Arbeiten, 505) (pp. 223-241). Tübingen: Niemeyer.
  • E.H. van Lier (2006). Parts-of-speech systems and dependent clauses: A typological study. Folia Linguistica, 40 (3/4), 239-304.

2005

  • S. Dikker & E.H. van Lier (2005). The interplay between syntactic and conceptual information: Agreement domains in FDG. In J. Lachlan Mackenzie & M. de Los Ángeles Gómez-González (Eds.), Studies in Functional Discourse Grammar (Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication, 26) (pp. 83-108). Bern: Peter Lang.
  • E.H. van Lier (2005). The explanatory power of typological hierarchies: developmental perspectives on non-verbal predication. In C. de Groot & P.C. Hengeveld (Eds.), Morphosyntactic expression in functional grammar (Functional Grammar Series, 27) (pp. 249-280). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2009

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