NUS Syntax/Semantics Lab

The Syntax/Semantics Lab at the National University of Singapore investigates linguistic theory through the study of languages of Singapore and Southeast Asia.

  • Anne Nguyen, postdoc
  • Joey Lim, RA
  • Keng Ji Chow, BA 2022


  • Kenyon Branan, postdoc 2018–2021; now at Leibniz ZAS, Berlin
  • Tingchun (TC) Chen, postdoc 2018–2019; now at National Tsing Hua University, Nanda
  • Henrison Hsieh, postdoc 2021–2022; now at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Ted Levin, postdoc 2017–2018; now at Apple
  • Cara Leong, collaborator and advisee; now PhD student at NYU
  • JJ Lim, RA 2020; now PhD student at UC San Diego
  • Keely New, RA 2019–2021; now PhD student at MIT
  • Wenkai Tay, RA 2019–2020; now PhD student at University College London
  • Jianrong (JR) Yu, postdoc 2021; now at KU Leuven


👉🏼 Students

👉🏼 Reading group



Our work is supported by NUS and the Singapore Ministry of Education through the following grants, among others:

  • “The Architecture of Grammar and Discourse” (NUS Presidential Young Professorship research funds)
  • “Subjecthood in Southeast Asia: Description and theory” (MOE Tier 2, 2018–2021)
  • “Current Issues in Comparative Minimalist Syntax through Asian Perspectives” (MOE Tier 1, 2017–2018)
  • “Theory and variation in extraction marking and subject extraction asymmetries” (MOE Tier 1, 2017–2018)