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), Tibetan.

See the new Projects page for descriptions of projects and downloadable papers.





  • February 13, 2015: University of Minnesota colloquium talk
  • March 20, 2015: Concordia University colloquium talk
  • April 11–12, 2015: I will present “Wh-quantification in Dharamsala Tibetan” with Hadas Kotek at Formal Approaches to South Asian Linguistics (FASAL 5)
  • April 23–25, 2015: I will present “Relative pronoun pied-piping, the structure of which informs the analysis of relative clauses” with Hadas Kotek at Chicago Linguistics Society 51.