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I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. My primary research interest lies in Syntax and Historical Linguistics, in particular:

    (i)   How does the syntactic typology of Austronesian languages 

            inform us of the theory of Universal Grammar?;

    (ii)  How does the synchronic variation among genetically closely

            related languages shed light on the pattern of language change?;

    (iii) How does Austronesian comparative linguistics contribute to our

            understanding of the peopling of Southeast Asia and the Pacific?

To answer these questions, my research focuses on the morphosyntactic typology of Western Austronesian languages, in particular languages with the so-called 'Austronesian-type alignment'. As a comparitivist, I am also interested in linguistic subgrouping and the theory of Austronesian diaspora.