Tamisha L Tan


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

My research primarily 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 (im)possible diachronic change in a principled and constrained manner, and especially in the phenomena of grammaticalisation and syntactic reanalysis.

Originally from Singapore, I work on languages and language contact across the Indo-European, Austronesian, and Sino-Tibetan families, and am associated with the Linguistics and Multilingual Studies department at Nanyang Technological University. Recently, I've been looking at multiple copy spell-out, the role of categorising heads, and case assignment in a range of constructions.

Before coming to Cambridge, MA, I completed my undergraduate studies in Cambridge, UK.