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


I am an Assistant Professor (Presidential Young Professor) in Linguistics at the National University of Singapore (Department of English Language & Literature). 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 received my Ph.D. from MIT Linguistics in 2014.

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

Next semester (AY2020–21 Sem 1)

  • EL5101: Grammatical Analysis (aka grad syntax)
  • EL4203: Semantics



Less recent but still pretty good