Tamisha L Tan


I'm a fourth year Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University.

My research focuses on morphosyntactic theory through the lens of understudied languages and Historical Linguistics. I am particularly interested in the extent to which we can model and constrain (im)possible diachronic change and the phenomena of grammaticalisation and syntactic reanalysis. Topics I've been looking at recently include predication, applicativisation, prosody-syntax mapping, and case assignment. For my dissertation, I am investigating the diachronic origin and synchronic distribution of prefixal subject agreement in Amarasi, an Austronesian language of West Timor.

Originally from Singapore, I work on languages and language contact across the Indo-European, Austronesian, and Sino-Tibetan families. I am associated with the Linguistics and Multilingual Studies department at Nanyang Technological University. Before coming to Cambridge, MA, I completed my undergraduate studies in Cambridge, UK. In my free time, I enjoy video games, making hand-pulled noodles, and jigsaw puzzles.