ICLDC5 Opening Ceremony

The Fifth Annual International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, held by the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is now under way! Here is a peek at the Opening Ceremony, featuring UH Linguistics professors, Dr. Andrea Berez-Kroeker and Dr. Gary Holton.


The conference runs from March 2-5, 2017 at the Hawai’i Imin International Conference Center. The theme this year is “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing.” For more information, please visit the ICLDC5 site or get real-time updates on their Facebook page.

Spring 2017 Pre-Defense Dissertations

Pre-defense dissertations are submitted to our department two weeks prior to each defense. Upcoming dissertations for Spring 2017 include:

We will be adding to this list as the semester continues. You can also check the Dissertations page for updates on other pre-defense dissertations for the current semester, or final dissertations from previous semesters.

Data Science Group for Language Researchers Meeting 3/7/2017

The new Data Science Group for Language Researchers will have its next meeting on Tuesday 3/7/17 from 4-5pm in the Phonetics Lab (Moore 162). The topic for this meeting is data wrangling and tidy data. During the first half of the meeting we will explore the idea of tidy data and Hadley Wickham’s tidyverse R packages that are helpful in wrangling data. During the last half of the meeting we will work on wrangling some messy data in order to have some hands-on experience with the new R packages. All are welcome to attend but please bring your laptop with R and R Studio already installed.

Brad Rentz

Lands, Seas, and Skies Symposium September 7

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Lands+Seas+Skies SymposiumThe UH Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific is sponsoring this symposium bringing together traditional knowledge holders, guardians of sacred lands, natural scientists, academics and protected area managers. Discussions will focus on specific places and issues organized around three domains: lands, seas and skies. The goal of the symposium is to highlight possibilities for growing collaboration, mutual understanding and better protection of biodiversity, indigenous land rights and sacred natural sites and territories.

When: Wednesday, September 7, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where: Orvis Auditorium (Music Department)

Schedule available here.

The symposium will be preceded by an airing of the film film Standing on Sacred Ground – Islands of Sanctuary, featuring an introduction and Q&A session with filmmaker Toby McLeod and Kaliko Baker of the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana and Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language.
Film screening: Tuesday, September 7, 8:00 PM, Art Auditorium (Art 132)
Reception 7-8 pm

All events are free and open to the public.

ICLDC 5 to be held March 2-5, 2017

ICLDC5Save the date! The 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation will be held March 2-5, 2017, with the theme Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing. For 2017 the conference returns to the beautiful setting of the Hawai‘i Imin Center on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A call for proposals will be announced in Spring 2016. As in previous years the conference will also feature an optional field study tour to the Hawaiian Language program in Hilo. Unlike previous years the Hilo trip will take place immediately preceding the conference.

For more information consult the ICLDC website or Facebook page.

Imin Center