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


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 languages, especially of Southeast Asia. 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, questions, wh-quantification, QUDs, disjunction
  • the syntax of movement, case, and agreement

My work has investigated:

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

This semester


  • Late October 2019: NELS 50, presenting the poster “Counterexpectation, free choice, and concessives in Tibetan”
  • Mid-December 2019: Workshop on Comparative Syntax in East and Southeast Asia, Sogang University, Korea
  • January 2020: LSA
  • June 2020: AFLA 27 at NUS, June 4–6, 2020!


Less recent but still pretty good