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 (Department of English, Linguistics, and Theater 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
  • Alternatives: focus, 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.


  • May 2023: ISMIL 26/ISLOJ 9, presenting “Learning the organization of the verbal phase in Indonesian-type and Philippine-type languages”
  • May 2023: Alex Smith will present “Voice and pronominal forms in Uma Nyaving Kayan” (joint work with Carly Sommerlot and I) at SEALS 32


Less recent but still pretty good