Hello, my name is Chris Sundita. In May of 2015, I graduated with my M.A. in Linguistics from the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Currently, I work at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, California as a Search Quality Analyst in their Search Editorial division. I am also a freelance consultant with Appen. To view my LinkedIn Profile, please click here.

I was affiliated with the Cornell Phonetics Lab, the Cornell Language Documentation Lab, the Cornell Filipino Association, and the Southeast Asia Program.


Prior to Cornell, I earned a B.A. with departmental honors in Linguistics from the University of Washington in Seattle in December 2011. My undergraduate honors thesis, under the supervision of Professor Edith Aldridge, was The Development of Tagalog -um-. I presented my thesis at UW's Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium on June 1, 2012.


My work at Cornell centered on reconstructing the verb morphology on Central Philippine Linguistics and the interaction of Kapampangan intonation and vowel height. In January 2015, I presented Problems in Reconstructing the Proto-Central Philippine Verb Paradigm at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Portland, Oregon.

My main interests are phonology, phonetics, and historical/comparative linguistics. I am also interested in morphology (especially verbal morphology) and sociolinguistics. I have a soft spot for minority and endangered languages and the political rights of their speakers so I am interested in field research, language documentation and preservation. I also have an interest in natural language processing.

As for the languages I focus on, I am mainly interested in the languages of the Philippines as well as neighboring Austronesian languages spoken in Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, and Guam.

Other languages and language families of interest are Western Romance languages, Germanic languages, English (especially via a sociolinguistic & historical approach), Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, and Semitic.

I started learning Mandarin Chinese due to my interest in the Formosan languages of Taiwan. This has led me to becomings interested in the Sinitic languages and its proposed relationships to Austronesian languages and Tai-Kadai languages.



I studied Java as an undergrad and am currently teaching myself Python.


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