I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 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 Austronesian languages, in particular languages with the so-called 'Austronesian-type alignment' and their evolution and change. As a comparitivist, I am also interested in linguistic subgrouping and theories of Austronesian dispersal.