Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine mitcho Singapore Assistant Professor National University of Singapore.


I am an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the National University of Singapore (Department of English Language & Literature). I study the structure of sentences (syntax) and how these structures map to meaning (semantics). Much of my work is based on fieldwork on understudied and endangered languages. I received my Ph.D. from MIT Linguistics in 2014. In a previous life, I was active 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 investigated:

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English
  • Mayan: Kaqchikel and Chuj (Guatemala)
  • Austronesian: Squliq Atayal (Taiwan)
  • and Japanese, Vietnamese, Tibetan…

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