Resources for Current Students

Computer Room

The Computer Room is located in Moore Hall. It is for the use of students of the Linguistics Department. The computer room contains two Macintosh computers, four PC’s – three with Windows 2000 OS and one with both Linux and Windows 2000, and two laser printers. 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 around 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 secretaries 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 secretaries 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.


Language Analysis and Experimentation Labs

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 Prof. Anderson , Prof. Schafer or Prof. Deen .

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.

Check the Reading Room Resources here: Reading Room Resources

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

Linguistic Society of Hawai‘i (LSH)

The Linguistic Society of Hawai‘i (LSH) is the organization of linguistics students and faculty. Officers are elected each year. The LSH 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.

LSH prepares a handbook that contains useful information for all linguistics students, especially incoming students.  To view the LSH Handbook, click here.

Linguistics Beyond the Classroom

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 webpages, or contact Professor Amy Schafer, aschafer at (replace ‘at’ by the ‘@’ sign).

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.


Open-Access Department Resouces

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


Resources Outside the Department

General information

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Council of Graduate Schools – Resources for Students
The Linguistic Society of America
Linguistics Materials on the Web
Dissertation Abstracts Database (electronic access to full text of many recent dissertations in linguistics)

Selected resources on campus

Workshops by the Graduate Division & Center for Teaching Excellence
UH Asian Studies Program Scholarships
UH Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships Database
UH Graduate Division Financial Information
UH New Economy Research Grants
UH Research Relations Page (Includes a list of funding sources.)
UH Graduate Division: Lists of potential committee members

Professional societies (partial listing)

The Acoustical Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society (APS)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Cognitive Science Society
Council of Academic Programs In Communication Sciences and Disorders
Linguistic Society of America
Psychonomic Society

Professional ethics

University of Hawaii Institutional Review Board (Human subjects)
University of Hawaii Graduate Division
Graduate Manual (see p. 44 for previously published work in dissertations)
UH Executive Policy on Sexual Harassment (includes what to do in cases of consensual relationships between students and faculty)

Job listings

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Linguistic Enterprises
The Linguistic Society of America  (See job opportunities in the LSA Bulletin)
See also listings done by professional societies.

Funding sources and information (please report corrections or additions)

Annotated document about funding sources – if new, start here

American Association of University Women (Includes dissertation year fellowships and fellowships for international students)
American Educational Research Association (Includes pre-dissertation fellowships for research related to education)
Community of Science
Cornell University Grants and Fellowships Database
Educational Testing Service Jacqueline A. Ross Dissertation Award
Endangered Language Fund
Ford Foundation: Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program (For non-U.S. citizens from an eligible IFP country)
Foundation for Endangered Languages
Founder Region Fellowship (For women; funding for last year of Ph.D.)
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Japan Foundation: Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates
Korean-American Scholarship Foundation (Undergraduate and Graduate support)
Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs Innovations): Cooperative Research Fellowship Program
Mellon Fellowships
Michigan State University Grants and Related Resources Page
National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Especially NRSA Postdoctoral Awards)
NRC Research Associateship Programs
NSF – SBE – BCS – Linguistics
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Doctoral dissertation improvement grants. (Open to non-U.S. citizens enrolled at a U.S. institution.)
Spencer Foundation (A range of support for scholarship on education, broadly conceived.)
UH Asian Studies Program Scholarships
UH Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships Database
UH Graduate Division Financial Information
UH New Economy Research Grants
UH Research Relations Page (Includes a list of funding sources.)

Library resources for linguistics at UHM

Library page of resources for linguistics
UH library catalog (Voyager)
UHM electronic resources main gateway (electronic serials, etc)
Electronic card catalog for the Linguistics-SLS Reading Room
UHM libraries home page
UHM library hours
Suggest books for UHM library purchase
UHM Asia collection
UHM Hawaiian collection
UHM Hawaiian language newspapers digital collection
UHM Pacific collection
Digital dissertation