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


I am an Associate Professor (Presidential Young Professor) in Linguistics at the National University of Singapore and currently a Core Fellow at the University of Helsinki’s Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. I received my Ph.D. from MIT Linguistics in 2014. My lab investigates the structure of sentences (syntax) and how these structures map to meaning (semantics). Much of our work is based on fieldwork on understudied languages, especially of Southeast Asia. I serve as Associate Editor at Glossa and on the Editorial Boards of Natural Language & Linguistic Theory and Journal of East Asian Linguistics.

Areas of interest

  • Movement: (anti-)locality, (anti-)pied-piping, extraction restrictions, interactions with case and agreement, the interpretation of movement chains
  • Focus and alternatives: focus particles, questions, wh-quantification, disjunction, discourse organization (QUDs), implicature calculation

My work has investigated:

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


  • September 2023: Tbilisi Symposium 14, presenting “Cross-linguistic variation in ordinary vs interrogative disjunctions”
  • October 2023: Invited talk at the conference on adverbial clauses, University of Göttingen
  • October 2023: AFLA 30, presenting on Malayic voice and extraction with Carly Sommerlot and on Tagalog clitic adverb semantics with Henrison Hsieh


Less recent but still pretty good