I’m Tom Dougherty, a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. My interests include historical linguistics, especially concerning the history of the Japonic and Ainu language families, as well as language documentation and description. I have also done work on Fataluku, a Timor-Alor-Pantar language of East Timor. My primary focus at present is on the Japonic language Okinawan, spoken on the southern half of the island of Okinawa, Japan.