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 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.
- September 2015: Hadas Kotek will present our joint paper “Relative pronoun pied-piping, the structure of which informs the analysis of relative clauses” at Sinn und Bedeutung 20.
- September 2015: 9th European Association of Chinese Linguistics (EACL9), presenting “The semantics of the Mandarin focus marker shì.”
- October 2015: 37th Linguistic Society of India (ICOLSI 37), presenting “Wh-quantification in Daramsala Tibetan” with Hadas Kotek.
- November 2015: Hadas Kotek will present our joint paper “Unifying definite and indefinite free relatives: Evidence from Mayan” at NELS 46.
- 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: “The structure and interpretation of non-restrictive relatives: Evidence from relative pronoun pied-piping” with Hadas Kotek, to appear in Proceedings of CLS (Chicago Linguistics Society) 51.
- 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!
- I posted the squib “On raising, floating, and being” on my blog.
- I presented “Restructuring and Agent Focus in Kaqchikel” at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), at the LSA.