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


I am a linguist studying the structure of sentences (syntax) and how these structures map to meaning (semantics). I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore. 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 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.