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  • Linguistics Faculty

ANDERSON, Victoria (UCLA) vanderso-- phonetics; prosody; experimental linguistics; phonetic and phonological universals; endangered and underdocumented languages; animal communication; speech technology

BEREZ, Andrea (UCSB) aberez-- language documentation; language archiving; Athabascan languages; Papuan languages; geography and language; discourse; intonation; functional approaches to grammar

BLEY-VROMAN, Robert [SLS] (Washington) vroman-- applied linguistics; syntax; second language acquisition theory; computational linguistics; natural language processing; corpus linguistics; and machine translation.

NOTE: Those interested in working primarily on second language acquisition with Professor Bley-Vroman should direct their applications to the Department of Second Language Studies, where he is also a member of the Graduate Faculty.

BLUST, Robert A. (U Hawai‘i) blust-- historical linguistics; Austronesian linguistics and cultural history; field methods; lexicography; endangered and underdocumented languages

CAMPBELL, Lyle (UCLA) lylecamp-- language documentation, historical linguistics, endangered languages and language revitalization, typology, field methods, American Indian languages

COOK, Haruko M. [EALL] (USC) hkcook-- Japanese linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and pragmatics

NOTE: Those interested in working primarily with Professor Cook should direct their applications to the Department of East-Asian Languages & Literatures, where she is also a member of the Graduate Faculty.

DEEN, Kamil Ud (UCLA) kamil-- language acquisition (emphasis on experimental approaches); experimental morphosyntax; acquisition of understudied languages, particularly Bantu languages and languages of South East Asia; bilingualism; second language acquisition

DONEGAN, Patricia J. (Ohio State) donegan-- phonology and phonetics; vowel systems; acquisition; variation and change; typology; Austroasiatic languages

DRAGER, Katie K. (Canterbury) kdrager-- sociolinguistics; phonetics; experimental linguistics; language variation and change; language and identity

O'GRADY, William (Chicago) ogrady-- syntactic theory and description; experimental syntax; language acquisition; Korean and Jejueo; heritage languages; language revitalization

OTSUKA, Yuko (Oxford) yotsuka-- syntax; Minimalist Program; Tongan and other Polynesian languages; Austronesian languages; endangered and underdocumented languages of Polynesia; language planning in Polynesian

REHG, Kenneth L. (U Hawai‘i) rehg-- phonology; Micronesian linguistics; lexicography; endangered and underdocumented languages; language contact; language planning; vernacular language education

SCHAFER, Amy J. (U Mass.) aschafer-- psycholinguistics; experimental lingusitics; sentence comprehension and production (including in Korean, Japanese, Austronesian languages, underdocumented languages, and in language learners/bilinguals); sentence prosody; information structure; psycholinguistic approaches to language documentation and conservation

SCHWARTZ, Bonnie D. [SLS] (USC)-- Linguistic theory and second language acquisition, Universal Grammar, Child SLA

NOTE: Those interested in working primarily on second language acquisition with Professor Schwartz should direct their applications to the Department of Second Language Studies, where she is also a member of the Graduate Faculty.

SOHN, Ho-Min [EALL] (U Hawai‘i) homin-- Korean linguistics; grammaticalization

NOTE: Those interested in working primarily with Professor Sohn should direct their applications to the Department of East-Asian Languages & Literatures, where he is also a member of the Graduate Faculty.


  • Cooperating Faculty

BROWN, J. D. (SLS)-- language learning and teaching, language testing

DRECHSEL, Emanuel J. (Interdisciplinary Studies)-- ethnolinguistics; American Indian languages

HIGGINS, Christina M. (SLS)-- marcro- and micro- sociolinguistics, qualitative research methods, conversational analysis, code-switching

HOONCHAMLONG, Yuphaphann (IPLL)-- Thai linguistics (syntax, discourse, semantics), Tai/Thai dialectology, language learning and teaching, internet technology in language research and language instruction, translation

KASPER, Gabriele (SLS)-- language and social interaction, qualitative research

SAK-HUMPHRY, Chhany (IPLL)-- Khmer language, linguistics and literature

SCHMIDT, Richard W. (SLS)-- psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language learning and teaching

SILVA, Noenoe K. (POLS)-- Hawaiian politics, indigenous politics

WARNER, Sam L. (IPLL)-- Hawaiian language, Hawaiian language immersion education, curriculum development and second-language acquisition, educational psychology


  • Adjunct Faculty

CHOE, Jin Sun -- first/second language acquisition, syntax

CHOO, Miho -- Korean

EARTH, Barbara  -- sign languages, history of Hawai'i Sign Language (HSL)

FURUKAWA, Toshiaki (Osaka University)-- sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology

GRIMES, Joseph -- theory of the lexicon, discourse, language divergence

HATTORI, Ryoko --language documentation, Oceanic language, language survival, typology, syntax, first language acquisition

MIYAGI, Kimi -- syntactic theory, language documentation, Micronesian linguistics

SIEGEL, Jeff -- language contact and contact-induced language change (pidgin, creole, new dialects); language and education; descriptive or sociolinguistic studies of particular languages in Oceania or South Asia

THIEBERGER, Nick -- Vanuatu languages, Australian languages, linguistic fieldwork thechnologies, lanuage archiving

WOODWARD, James --

YANG, Changyong -- the Jeju language, language documentation and revitalization, discourse (Associate Professor in the Department of English Education at Jeju National University)


  • Visting Colleague

LINCOLN, Peter C-- Melanesian linguistics


  • Emeriti and Retired Faculty

BENDER, Byron W.-- general linguistics; morphology; Micronesian linguistics

BICKERTON, Derek-- language variation; pidgins and creoles; language and literature

FORMAN, Michael L. (Cornell) -- general linguistics; ethnographic linguistics; Philippine studies, language documentation

GRACE, George W.-- historical linguistics; Austronesian, especially Melanesian linguistics; ethnolinguisitcs

JACOBS, Roderick A.-- syntax and syntactic change; English, Oceanic, and American Indian linguistics; discourse grammar and applied linguistics

LYOVIN, Anatole -- historical linguistics, language typology and Sino-Tibetan

PETERS, Ann M. (Wisconsin) ann-- language acquisition: prosody, emergence of grammatical morphemes, crosslinguistic issues

REID, Lawrence A. -- Austronesian, especially Philippine and Formosan languages; lexicography, morphosyntactic reconstruction

SCHUTZ, Albert J.-- descriptive linguistics, field methods, lexicography; Fijian and other Melanesian languages; Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages; history of linguistics in the Pacific

STAMPE, David -- computational linguistics, phonology and prosody, holistic typology and drift, Munda languages

  • Linguistics 102 Instructors
Brenda Clark
Eve Okura
John ElliottMihoko Sawada
Katie GaoClaire Stabile
Raina HeatonNozomi Tanaka
Jonny Kim
Nik Toler
  • Linguistics 150C Instructors
Yuko Otsuka

Samantha Rarrick

Aaron Waldrip

Department Updates

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The Bilinski Educational Foundation board of members recently visited the campus to meet the fellows who have been supported by their generous gifts. Here is a video of some of the students talking about the impact of the Bilinski Fellowships.

Roshan Institute Fellowship is now available. Click for more information.

Professors Andrea Berez and Victoria Anderson receive NSF grant for the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

Amy Schafer awarded large NSF grant

Research team discovers existence of Hawai'i Sign Language, the last of America's undiscovered languages

Click here to view University of Hawaii at Manoa press release about Hawai'i sign language discovery.

Click here to view Hawai'i sign language demonstration.

Google Partners with UH Mānoa Linguistics on Endangered Languages Project

Bilinski Fellowships in Linguistics - Pre-dissertation fellowship added to the dissertation fellowships. Click here for information. Click here to view the 2011 Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship video.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

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General Ed in Linguistics -
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Unit Mastery LING 150B and LING 102 as well as classroom formats.
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Spring 2015 course schedule and descriptions.

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Language Documentation Training Center

Language Documentation & Conservation