Resources for Current Students


Computer Room

The Computer Room is located in Moore Hall 565. It is for the use of students of the Linguistics Department only. The computer room contains two PCs (equipped with ELAN, Transcribr, and PRAAT) and one laser printer. The Computer Room also has a charging station for mobile devices. Students need to supply their own paper for the laser printers or purchase paper at a cost of 2 cents per sheet printed.

The Computer Room is open on normal working days from 8:00 am to approximately 4:30 pm. Outside of those hours students may still use the computer room, but must sign the computer room monitor’s sheet and agree to take responsibility for monitoring the room. Anyone signed up to monitor the computer room must not leave until either closing and properly locking the room, or getting another linguistics student to sign the monitor’s sheet and agree to take responsibility for the room.

Linguistics students may sign out a key to the computer room if they wish to use the room on weekends or after hours. See the department staff in Moore Hall 569. Note that anyone using the computer room on weekends or after hours must sign the computer room monitor’s sheet and take responsibility for closing and properly locking the room. Please remember to return the key to the department staff as soon as possible.

The role of Computer Room faculty advisor is currently being discussed and will be posted as soon as it is assigned.

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Language Analysis and Experimentation Labs (LAE)

The Language Analysis and Experimentation Labs (LAE Labs) are a research and teaching facility dedicated to human language and the cognitive mechanisms responsible for it. The LAE Labs house research on the articulation, acoustics, and perception of speech, the production and recognition of words, and the processing of sentences and discourse. Tools used by faculty and student researchers in these labs include audio and video recording hardware, acoustic analysis software, articulatory measurement devices, eye-tracking equipment, large language corpora, tools for building computational models of linguistic and cognitive behavior, and experiment design and analysis software. For more information, please visit the LAE Labs homepage , or contact Victoria Anderson, Amy  Schafer, Katie Drager, or Kamil Deen.

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Linguistics-SLS Reading Room

The Linguistics-SLS Reading Room is located in Moore Hall 572. It is for the use of all students and faculty in the departments of Linguistics and Second Language Studies, and contains reference materials, journals, and class reserve materials. Users are asked to sign in, and to leave backpacks and bags by the door, with the monitor.

The reading room is staffed by volunteer student monitors from the Linguistics and SLS departments, and thus hours depend on the availability of volunteers.

For more information, please contact the Reading Room monitors, at

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Linguistic Society of Mānoa (LSM)

The Linguistic Society of Mānoa (LSM) is the organization of linguistics students and faculty. Officers are elected each year. The LSM sponsors various social events, (including a Halloween party and the Spring Ling Thing), participates in the organization of the Linguistics/SLS Joint Student Conference and the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature Student Conference, and conducts an annual bake sale and a book sale, among other activities.

LSM also publishes undergraduate and graduate student handbooks that contains useful information for all linguistics students every academic year.

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Linguistics Beyond the Classroom (LBC)

The department organizes a pool of undergraduate students who can participate in research projects as one means of fulfilling a requirement of Linguistics 100 and 102.
For further information, please visit the Linguistics Beyond the Classroom web page, or contact Amy Schafer.

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Course Evaluations

In order to ensure anonymity of course evaluations, students may elect to type their course evaluations, rather than writing them by hand. Students wishing to type their evaluations must download the evaluation form . The evaluation form is a PDF document which can be read, modified, and printed using Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader. Students should print out their evaluations and submit them with the rest of the class’ evaluations.

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Open-Access Department Resources
  • Oceanic Linguistics
    The department has been responsible for the publication of the journal Oceanic Linguistics since its inception. Oceanic Linguistics is the only journal devoted exclusively to the study of the indigenous languages of the Oceanic area and parts of Southeast Asia. The languages within the scope of the journal, probably numbering over a thousand, are the aboriginal languages of Australia, the Papuan languages of New Guinea, and the languages of the Austronesian (or Malayo-Polynesian) family. Articles in Oceanic Linguistics cover issues of linguistic theory that pertain to languages of the area, report research on historical relations, or furnish new information about inadequately described languages.A table of contents and electronic versions of some articles are available through Project Muse, here .
  • Wordcorr
     is a free program that was developed at the University of Hawaii in collaboration with the Summer Institute of Linguistics and DataHouse, Inc., a Honolulu software development house. The initial funding came from the Linguistics Program and the Information Technology Research Program of the National Science Foundation, with Joseph E. Grimes as Principal Investigator, assisted by Burgel Rosa Maria Faehndrich and Christine M. Hansen. The University of Hawaii is a research and training center for historical-comparative linguistics, specializing in languages of Asia and the Pacific. Its research capabilities have been enhanced by computational tools developed in the Department of Linguistics. The latest of these is Wordcorr .
    • Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database
      This database currently contains 52,319 lexical items from 282 Austronesian languages (including some protolanguages such as PAN and PMP). These items have been taken from the modified Swadesh lists collected by Bob Blust over the last 20 years. Additional material has been added from the Pollex database compiled by Bruce Biggs and Ross Clark.The site allows you to:

      • display all the words from a language
      • display all the words from a selected meaning category
      • search for specific forms
      • display the languages classified by the SIL ethnologue system
      • display a family tree of the languages
      • display the cognate sets within each meaning category

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Resources Outside the Department

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