Welcome!

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher appointed at the rank of Instructor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Linguistics. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at MIT (you can download my dissertation here). I also have a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of Toronto. In Fall 2019, I will be joining UC San Diego’s Department of Linguistics as an Assistant Professor.

I mainly work on syntax, and am particularly interested in case and agreement (especially ergative systems), movement, and pronouns; lately, I have been thinking a lot about how these phenomena interact. My research primarily focuses on Inuktitut (Eskimo-Aleut), which I have been learning about in various ways since 2009, though I have also worked on Yimas (Lower-Sepik; Papuan) and Kikuyu (Bantu).

The header picture above was taken near Iqaluit, Nunavut in August 2016.

You can reach me at mmxyuan [at] uchicago [dot] edu.