Michelle Yuan

Postdoctoral Researcher, Instructor in Linguistics
Rosenwald 214
(773) 702-0927

I primarily work on syntax and its interfaces. I am especially interested in case and agreement (especially ergative systems), clitic doubling, and movement. More broadly, my research seeks to address questions pertaining to the range and limits of linguistic diversity, and what they reveal about language universals. I specialize in the syntax of the Inuit languages, with particular focus on Inuktitut, the varieties spoken around Nunavut, Canada. For instance, my dissertation investigates microvariation in the ergative system of the Inuit languages and its implications for other syntactic phenomena, both within Inuit and cross-linguistically.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018