Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine mitcho Montréal, Québec Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, Linguistics McGill University.


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 new Projects page for descriptions of projects and downloadable papers.




  • January 2015: I will be traveling to Germany and speaking:
    • January 20: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin
    • January 21: University of Leipzig colloquium talk
    • January 23: University of Potsdam
  • February 13, 2015: University of Minnesota colloquium talk
  • March 20, 2015: Concordia University colloquium talk