Victoria (Yenhsin) Chen

Von Zedlitz Bldg #302, Kelburn Pde

Wellington 6012

New Zealand

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Syntax at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2017. My primary research interest lies in the syntactic typology of western Austronesian languages. As a comparativist, I'm also interested in the variation and change within languages that exhibit the so-called 'Austronesian-style alignment'.


Currently, I work on three Philippine-type Formosan languages (Puyuma, Amis, Seediq) indigenous to the Austronesian homeland, Taiwan, and Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. My dissertation investigated the shared syntax of these four languages and their implications for the nature and the evolutionary pathway of the Philippine-type voice system. 


Recent projects


       To appear in Oceanic Linguistics

  • The Austronesian homeland and primary dispersals: the Linguistic evidence revisited.

        The International Symposium on Archaeology of Prehistoric Maritime

        Pingtan and the Pacific (invited)

  • Tagalog voice as four bundles of Agree relations: Insights from binding. 

       Talk at WCCFL 38

  • One language, two 'voice' systems: Insights from Puyuma

       Talk at WCCFL 38. with Shin Fukuda

  • A cline of passives in highest-order Austronesian languages: Lessons from FormosanTalk at SEALS 30. 

  • Binding parameters in symmetrical voice languages: Austronesian vs. DinkaTalk at SEALS 30. with Cheng-chuen Kuo

  • Tagalog voice revisitedTalk at AFAL 27

  • When Philippine-type voice meets Indo-European voice: Insights from Puyuma. Talk at AFLA27. with Shin Fukuda


       Annual Review of Linguistics (5). with Brad McDonnell

       Glossa 3(1):111


  • Writing Grammars of Endangered Languages. 

       Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages. with A. Camp, L. Campbell, N.

        Lee, and S. Rarrick







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