Documenting Hawai‘i’s Sign Languages

Linguistics student Samantha Rarrick and independent scholar Brittany Wilson have just published an article description the Sign Language Documentation Training Center (SLDTC), a joint effort of Kapi‘olani Community College students and faculty, and graduate students in the Department of Linguistics. Founded in 2013, SLDTC expands on the successful model of the Language Documentation Training Center to document signed language use in Hawai‘i, including American Sign Language and the critically endangered Hawai‘i Sign Language (ISO 639-3: hps).

  • Rarrick, Samanath & Brittany Wilson. 2016. Documenting Hawai‘i’s Sign Languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 10.337-346.  http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24697

 

Raina Heaton’s Paper Published in International Journal of American Linguistics

Raina Heaton, PhD student in linguistics, has received word that her paper, “Variation and change: The case of movement verbs in Kaqchikel” has been accepted for publication in the July 2016 issue of the International Journal of American Linguistics (IJAL), one of discipline’s premier journals. Our congratulations to Raina.

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 www.endangeredlanguages.com. 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.