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, movement, and scope-taking
- Alternative Semantics: focus, wh, questions, disjunction
- the syntax of movement, case, and agreement
My work has investigated: Mandarin Chinese; English; Japanese; Mayan: Kaqchikel and Chuj (Guatemala); Austronesian: Squliq Atayal (Taiwan) and Toba Batak (Indonesia); Tibetan; Vietnamese…
See the Projects page for descriptions of projects and downloadable papers.
- September 2016: Hadas Kotek will present our joint work on focus association and Tanglewood constructions at Sinn und Bedeutung 21. See also our recent manuscript.
- September 8, 2016: MIT Ling Lunch
- October 2016: Teruyuki Mizuno will present our joint work on contrast sluicing at Japanese/Korean Linguistics 24.
- October 14, 2016: I am an invited speaker at the Workshop on Word Order of Heads 中心語詞序研討會 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- December 7–9, 2016: I plan to present “Triggers of fronting in Toba Batak” at the Australian Linguistic Society meeting at Monash University, Melbourne.
- February 2017: The National University of Singapore will be hosting GLOW in Asia XI!
- Talks, August 2016: I presented two talks at Theoretical Linguistics at Keio (TaLK) semantics workshop:
- Paper accepted, August 2016: “Low sentence-final particles in Mandarin Chinese and the Final-over-Final Constraint,” accepted for publication in Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
- Paper accepted, July 2016: “Unifying Japanese relative clauses: copy-chains and context-sensitivity” with Isaac Gould, accepted for publication in Glossa, pending minor revisions.
- New paper, July 2016: “Focus association by movement: Evidence from Tanglewood” with Hadas Kotek. See also the associated SALT talk. (Email for the SALT proceedings paper.)
- Interview: I was interviewed in the latest issue of Unravel, the accessible linguistics magazine.
- Talk, June 2016: “Multiple extraction and voice in Toba Batak” at Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) 23
- New review, June 2016: My invited book review of Minimalist Interfaces: Evidence from Indonesian and Javanese by Yosuke Sato appeared in Oceanic Linguistics 55(1).
- New paper, May 2016: “Unifying definite and indefinite free relatives: Evidence from Mayan” with Hadas Kotek, to appear in Proceedings of NELS 46.
- Talks, May 2016: Two posters at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26:
- 2016–2017 Semester 1: EL5101 Grammatical Analysis