I am an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM). I am also a cooperating graduate faculty member in in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL). Prior to joining the Department of Linguistics in August 2021, I was a faculty member in EALL between 2010 and 2021. My research interests include theoretical and experimental syntax, lexical semantics, syntax-lexical semantics interface phenomena and their acquisition, and the syntax of the languages in East Asia. I am currently serving as a series editor for Endangered and Lesser-Studied Languages and Dialects and an associate editor for the Journal Language and Linguistics.
I am also the faculty coordinator for the EATS lab, a virtual research lab at UHM for students and faculty members who approach theoretical and empirical issues in syntax and it interfaces with the other modules of grammar through experimental methods.
I received my BA in Linguistics from the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University, where I was introduced to Linguistics by Jean Mark Gawron and Betty Samraj. I earned my PhD degree from the Department of Linguistics at University of California, San Diego, where I studied under Ivano Caponigro, Grant Goodall, John Moore, and Masha Polinsky. I was also fortunate enough to have Yuki Kuroda as my mentor.
My pronouns are he, him, and his.
- UHM Linguistics
- The EATS lab
- Remembering Professor S.-Y. Kuroda
- UCSD Linguistics
- Experimental Syntax Lab at UCSD