icon Sihwei Chen Assistant Research Fellow 
Contact Information
Research Description
Professional Activities
Honors & Awards
Research Grants
iconContact Information

Humanities and Social Sciences Building (South Wing) R709
Institute of Linguistics
Academia Sinica
128, Section 2, Academia Road 115, Taipei, Taiwan

Telephone: 0226525042
E-mail: sihweichen@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Homepage: https://sihweichen.wordpress.com


2018 PhD in Linguistics, University of British Columbia


2019/02 ¡X Assistant Research Fellow, Academia Sinica

iconResearch Description

Dr. Sihwei Chen's research interests lie in the area of semantics and its interaction with pragmatics and with (morpho-)syntax, with a focus on cross-linguistic variation. Dr. Chen's work combines fieldwork and theory; her main fieldwork language is Atayal, an Formosan language spoken in northern Taiwan, and has recently started working on other Formosan languages. Her ongoing research project addresses issues in the area of tense, aspect and modality in the grammatical systems of Atayal and Bunun, including the semantics of temporal/aspectual markers, tenselessness, modals without duals and modal strength, and temporal interpretation of modals, etc.

iconProfessional Activities

Editor UBC Working Papers in Linguistics (2014-2017)
Co-organizer The 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference (NWLC-29), UBC, Vancouver, CA, April 26-27, 2013

iconHonors & Awards

2014 UBC's Faculty of Arts Graduate Research Award for ¡§The temporal interpretation of modals in some Formosan languages¡¨
2013 Student Abstract Award at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS-23)
2012 Young Scholar Award Finalist at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-20)

iconResearch Grants

Topics in the tense and aspect systems of Atayal and Bunun (2019/07/01¡V2020/06/30)

iconPublications - Journal Papers
  • Chen, Sihwei and Haowen Jiang. (In press). Ways of talking about the past: -in- and =in in Bunun. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (Selected Papers from AFLA25).

iconPublications - Conference Papers
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2017. Initial stages of events: The Atayal unmarked predicates. Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, eds. by Aaron Kaplan et al. pp. 107-114. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.  download
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2017. Bundling perfective and perfect: The Atayal wal. Proceedings of GLOW in Asia XI, volume 1, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 84, ed. by Michael Y. Erlewine pp. 65-78. Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics (Available at https://glowlinguistics.org/asia11/proceedings/).
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2016. Lexical aspect and aspectually unmarked predicates in Atayal. Proceedings of the 23rd Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, eds. by Hiroki Nomoto, Takuya Miyauchi, and Asako Shiohara pp. 65-80. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.  download
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2016. The absence of inverse scope in Tlingit. Proceedings of the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas [WSCLA] 20 (UBCWPL 43), eds. by Emily Sadlier-Brown, et al. pp. 1-15. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia (http://epub.linguistics.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WSCLA20-01-Chen.pdf).
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2014. The syntactic categories of adverbials in Atayal. UBC Working Papers in Linguistics 38, eds. by Zoe Lam and Natalie Weber pp. 1-26. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia (http://epub.linguistics.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WSCLA20-01-Chen.pdf)http://linguistics.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2014/03/Chen_NWLC29_pages.pdf).
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2013. The temporal interpretation of modals in Mandarin Chinese. UBC Working Papers in Linguistics 34 (https://lingpapers.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2018/01/QPVolume2.pdf), eds. by Alexis Black and Meagan Louie pp. 15¡V30. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia.
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2012. The interaction of modals and temporal marking in Mandarin Chinese. Proceedings of GLOW-in-Asia IX 2012 (poster sessions), eds. by Nobu Goto, Koichi Otaki, Atsushi Sato, and Kensuke Takita article 4. Mie, Japan: Mie, Japan: Mie University (http://faculty.human.mie-u.ac.jp/~glow_mie/IX_Proceedings_Oral/GLOWIXProceedings_Final.pdf).

iconPublications - Book chapters
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2018. When the progressive and result state meet: The Atayal cyux/nyux. Wa7 xweysas i nqwal¡¦utteniha i ucwalmicwa: He loves the people¡¦s languages. Essays in honour of Henry Davis pp. 243-258. Matthewson, Lisa, Erin Guntly, Marianne Huijsmans and Michael Rochemont, Vancouver, BC: UBC Occasional Papers in Linguistics vol. 6.  download
  • Chen, Sihwei, Vera Hohaus, Rebecca Laturnus, Meagan Louie, Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann, Ori Simchen, Claire K. Turner and Jozina Vander Klok. 2017. Past possibility cross-linguistically: Evidence from 12 languages. Modality Across Syntactic Categories pp. 235¡V287. A. Arregui, A. Salanova & M.-L. Rivero, Oxford: Oxford University Press.  download

iconPublications - Books
  • Chen, Sihwei. 2018. Finding Semantic Building Blocks: Temporal and Modal Interpretation in Atayal. PhD Dissertation, University of British Columbia (Available at https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0373089).

iconPublications - Other
  • Chen, Sihwei, Jozina Vander Klok, Lisa Matthewson and Hotze Rullmann. (Submitted). The ¡¥experiential¡¦ as an existential past: Evidence from Javanese and Atayal (Draft on request).

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