mitcho Michael 芳貴 Erlewine

Postdoctoral fellow, McGill Linguistics.


I am a linguist broadly interested in the structure of sentences (syntax) and how these structures map to meaning (semantics). I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. In a previous life, I was an active coder in the Mozilla (Firefox) and WordPress open-source communities.

Areas of interest

  • syntax and semantics of focus and movement
  • the syntax of case, agreement, and movement
  • internet corpora and experiments

In previous work I have worked on: Mandarin Chinese, English, Japanese, Kaqchikel (Mayan; Guatemala), Squliq Atayal (Austronesian; Taiwan).

See the Research page for descriptions of projects and downloadable papers.




  • January 2015: I will be at the LSA, presenting a poster “On the position of focus adverbs” and also a joint poster with Theodore Levin and Coppe van Urk, “Voice morphology as extraction marking.” I will also present “Restructuring and Agent Focus in Kaqchikel” at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), colocated with the LSA.
  • March 2015: I will present “Focus economy and the closeness condition on focus adverbs” at the DGfS workshop “What drives syntactic computation? Alternatives to formal features”.