About Me

I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Singapore, and have also called Toronto home since 2010. I received my BA in Linguistics and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American Studies, as well as my MA in Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

Within the realm of theoretical linguistics, I'm generally interested in various semantic issues within the nominal and verbal domains. Since my Master's, I have been working on Macuxi, an indigenous language spoken in Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. My Master's project was specifically on the description and analysis of reduplication and the pîtî morpheme in Macuxi, and how they are associated with pluractional functions. Currently, I'm investigating how space and motion is expressed in the language.

Much about language fascinates me. I am also particularly curious about using laboratory experiments to investigate how various typological universals are shaped by cognitive biases, especially with respect to the ordering of nominal elements (e.g. classifiers, numerals and nouns) when counting is involved. My other interests lie in ethical fieldwork methodologies, language documentation and the description of understudied languages of Latin America in general. I am also (personally) very invested in the syntactic and semantic aspects of Singlish (Singapore English), Malay, Bahasa Indonesia and Kristang (a critically endangered Malay-Portuguese creole language).

In my spare time, I love to run, bike, try new recipes, snap photos and take super long walks to soak in the sun — most of the time, if not always, with my rescue dog Mochi. I am currently also the Editor-in-Chief for Unravel: the Accessible Linguistics magazine, an online publication, for which I've previously contributed two articles on Mayan glyphs and lunfardo (Buenos Aires slang).