Jung-yao Lu is Assistant Professor in the Institute for Chinese Minority Languages and Classics at Minzu University of China. Dr. Lu studied Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Oregon, obtaining his doctorate from the latter in 2012. His research activities center on the study of languages of South and East Asia, particularly those of the Sinitic and Tibeto-Burman families. A large part of his research has focused on the description of undocumented languages, analysis of variation within and across languages, and syntactic reconstruction of proto-languages. It is his belief that a good understanding of language dynamics and change can only come from a good understanding of syntactically cross-linguistic investigation. Most of his published work has focused on aspects of the functional theory of syntax, typology, and language change.