Hello, my name is Chris Sundita. Since August 2012, I have been a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I am affiliated with the Cornell Phonetics Lab, the new Cornell Language Documentation Lab, and the Southeast Asia Program. I also coordinate ph2, which is our reading group dedicated to phonetics and phonology.

This web page was launched on January 7, 2013. Please check this page periodically as I will be adding content such as my articles and other things of interest.


I earned a B.A. with distinction 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 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.

With regards to 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 I just started getting into the Semitic languages.