Amy Schafer awarded NSF grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $286,827 to University of Hawai’i for support of the project entitled “Discourse and prosody in non-native speakers’ reference resolution,” under the direction of Therese Gruter (SLS) and Amy Schafer (Linguistics).

This award is effective September 1 , 2013 and expires February 28, 2017.

UH team uncovers old Hawai’i Sign Language

A research group based in the UH Mānoa Department of Linguistics has uncovered the existence of old Hawai’i Sign Language, a previously undocumented sign language used in the islands. For more information see the department’s press release and the official UH press release. For a visual demonstration of HSL, please see this video.

Endangered Languages Project launches

The Endangered Languages Project, a web site developed by Google and backed by the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, launched today at A central feature of the website is the Catalogue of Endangered Languages, compiled by University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa linguists and the LINGUIST List at Eastern Michigan University, and sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation.