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.
- February 2017: The National University of Singapore will be hosting GLOW in Asia XI 🌴!
- March 2017: I will present “Extraction and licensing in Toba Batak” at GLOW (in Europe) 40!
- January 2016: I attended the LSA meeting and presented…
- “On the unavailability of argument ellipsis in Kaqchikel” poster with Theodore Levin
- “C and T in Toba Batak.”
- New paper, December 2016: “Extraction and licensing in Toba Batak”, expanding on my AFLA paper. See also my most recent talk on the project.
- Paper accepted, December 2016: “Covert focus movement: Evidence from Tanglewood” with Hadas Kotek has been accepted with Linguistic Inquiry!
- Paper published, December 2016: My paper “Unifying Japanese relative clauses: copy-chains and context-sensitivity” with Isaac Gould has appeared in Glossa!
- Talk, December 2016: I presented “Triggers of fronting in Toba Batak” at the Australian Linguistic Society meeting.
- Talk, December 2016: I presented “Focus and minimality” at Macquarie University.
- Paper accepted, December 2016: “Vietnamese focus particles and derivation by phase” has been accepted with the Journal of East Asian Linguistics!
- Paper published, November 2016: “Focus association into copies and the scope of even” is out in Proceedings of SALT 26.
- Talk, November 2016: Theodore Levin presented our joint work, “On the unavailability of argument ellipsis in Kaqchikel,” at Formal Approaches to Mayan Linguistics 4.
- Paper published, October 2016: “Covert pied-piping in English multiple wh-questions” with Hadas Kotek has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry 47:4!
- Talk, October 2016: Teruyuki Mizuno presented our joint work, “Constraints on constrast sluicing,” at Japanese/Korean Linguistics 24.
- Talk, October 2016: I presented “The locus of Mandarin sentence-final particles and the Final-over-Final Constraint” at the Workshop on Word Order of Heads 中心語詞序研討會 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, based on my paper “Low sentence-final particles in Mandarin Chinese and the Final-over-Final Constraint,” to appear in Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
- New paper, September 2016: “Even doesn’t move but associates into traces: A reply to Nakanishi 2012”.
- Talks, August 2016: I presented “Encoding QUD congruence in Mandarin Chinese” at Theoretical Linguistics at Keio (TaLK) semantics workshop.
- Interview: I was interviewed in the latest issue of Unravel, the accessible linguistics magazine.
- 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.