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
- 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.
- October 2015: 37th Linguistic Society of India (ICOLSI 37), presenting “Wh-quantification in Daramsala Tibetan” with Hadas Kotek.
- November 2015 / January 2016: Hadas Kotek will present our joint paper “Unifying definite and indefinite free relatives: Evidence from Mayan” at NELS 46 and at LSA 2016.
- November 2015: University of Washington Linguistics Colloquium, November 20th
- I presented “The semantics of the Mandarin focus marker shì” at the European Association of Chinese Linguistics.
- New paper: “Relative pronoun pied-piping in English non-restrictive relatives” with Hadas Kotek. See also our related CLS paper and Sinn und Bedeutung talk.
- New paper: “Ergativity and Austronesian-type voice systems” with Ted Levin and Coppe van Urk, to appear in the Oxford Handbook of Ergativity
- Revised manuscript: “Clausal comparison without degree abstraction in Mandarin Chinese.”
- New paper: “Minimality and focus-sensitive adverb placement” to appear in Proceedings of NELS 45, which complements my longer manuscript “In defense of Closeness: focus-sensitive adverb placement in Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese.”
- New manuscript: “Low sentence-final particles in Mandarin Chinese and the Final-over-Final Constraint.” Comments welcome!