• University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. Candidate

University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. Candidate

Years of Affiliation: Hou Family Fellow from 2020-2021

Yi-Yang Cheng is a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the Austronesian languages of Taiwan (also known as Formosan languages). His current project examines voice constructions in Kanakanavu, a critically endangered indigenous language spoken in the Namasia District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Research interests: language documentation and description; discourse-functional linguistics; linguistic typology; Formosan languages; Taiwan Mandarin

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies