Randy J. LaPolla (In Chinese 羅仁地 Luo Rendi) is a professor of linguistics at Nanyang Technological University, specializing in the morphosyntax of Chinese, Qiang and Dulong/Rawang. He is well known as the author of a grammar of Qiang (LaPolla and Huang 2003) and as the coauthor of Van Valin and LaPolla (1997), a major work in Role and Reference Grammar.
He obtained his Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of California, Berkeley. He was first a researcher at the Academia Sinica from 1990 to 1994, then was an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong from 1996 to 2004. From 2004 to 2012 he was Professor at LaTrobe University.
- A Grammar of Qiang, with Annotated Texts and Glossary (Mouton Grammar Library 31), by Randy J. LaPolla, with Chenglong Huang. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 445 + xvii pp., Dec. 2003 (ISBN 3-11-017829-X).
- The Sino-Tibetan Languages (Routledge Language Family Series 3),edited by Graham Thurgood & Randy J. LaPolla. London & New York: Routledge, 727 + xxii pp., Jan. 2003 (ISBN 0-7007-1129-5). Paperback version released April 2007 (ISBN 978-0-415-77295-2).
- Rawang Texts, with Grammatical Analysis and English Translation, by Randy J. LaPolla & Dory Poa. Muenchen: LINCOM EUROPA, December 2001 (ISBN 3 89586 783 7).
- Syntax: Structure, Meaning, and Function (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics Series), by Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. & Randy J. LaPolla. Cambridge University Press, 1997.