Albert J. Schütz

Linguistics Department,
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 569
Honolulu, HI 96822

Office: Moore 577
E-mail: schutz@hawaii.edu
Phone: 956-3238

 

Interests

My linguistic activities are first descriptive, focused mainly on phonetics and phonology (especially prosodic features of Fijian and Polynesian), but also extended to grammatical description (Fijian, Nguna). Next, since my first contact with Oceanic languages, I have combed through various Pacific collections for information about the history of the study of Oceanic languages, especially Fijian and Polynesian. Teaching three semesters at the Seminar für Indonesische und Südseesprachen, Universität Hamburg revived an interest in German, which fits in with a hobby of singing and studying German Lieder, an activity that allows me to ponder the connection among music, poetry, and linguistics. Finally, I feel an obligation to write about Pacific languages and history for a readership outside academia.

Courses

Selected Publications

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Background

I grew up on a farm in northern Indiana, received a B.Sc. from Purdue University in English, Speech, and Mathematics, and did graduate work at the University of Michigan, University of London, and Cornell University, where I received a Ph.D. in 1962. I've been a faculty member at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa since that time. My interest in the Pacific and in the history of Pacific linguistics was kindled by research and teaching in Hawai'i and Fiji in 1960-61. Since that time, I've worked in Pacific collections in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, England, Germany, Norway, and the U.S. mainland, always on the general topic of the history of Pacific linguistic research, but also narrowing the focus to specific languages such as Fijian, Maori, and Hawaiian.
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