My research interests lie mainly in the area of semantics and (morpho-)syntax, with a focus on cross-linguistic variation. I am currently working on topics on tense, aspect, and modality in Atayal (an Austronesian language spoken in Northern Taiwan).

Courses Currently Teaching

  • Upcoming presentations

In support of relative tense: The existential past in Atayal and Javanese (with Jozina vander Klok, Lisa Matthewson and Hotze Rullmann). To be presented at The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (Triple A 4). [abstract, slides]


  • Recent presentations

Decomposing the ‘experiential’ perfect: The view from Atayal and Javanese (with Jozina vander Klok, Lisa Matthewson and Hotze Rullmann). Paper presented at AFLA-24. [abstract, slides]

Bounding perfective and perfect: the Atayal wal. Paper presented at GLOW in Asia 2017. [abstract, slides]


  • Recent papers

Chen, Sihwei, Vera Hohaus, Rebecca Laturnus, Meagan Louie, 
Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann, Ori Simchen, Claire K. Turner, Jozina Vander Klok. 2017. Past possibility cross-linguistically: Evidence from 12 languages. In Ana Arregui, Maria-Luisa Rivero and Andres Salanova (eds.), Modality Across Syntactic Categories. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [preprint]

Chen, Sihwei. 2017. Initial Stages of Events: The Atayal Unmarked Predicates. In Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, ed. Aaron Kaplan et al., 107-114. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Chen, Sihwei. 2016. Lexical aspect and aspectually unmarked predicates in Atayal. In Hiroki Nomoto, Takuya Miyauchi, and Asako Shiohara (eds,), The Proceedings of the 23rd Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, pp. 65-80. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.

Chen, Sihwei. 2016. The absence of inverse scope in Tlingít. In Emily Sadlier-Brown, Erin Guntly, and Natalie Weber (eds.), The Proceedings of the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas 20, pp. 1-15. University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 43.


  • Invited talks

Aug, 2016. Viewpoint aspects in Atayal. Young Scholars Symposium, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. [abstract]

June, 2015. Modality and constraints on temporal reference: Evidence from Atayal. Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.