Lyle Campbell

Lyle Campbell
Department of Linguistics
University of Hawai’i Mānoa
1890 East-West Road,
Moore 569
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA

Office tel. 808-956-3242 Dept: 808-956-8602
Fax: 808-956-9166

Email:  lylecamp at hawaidot edu

Lyle Campbell (PhD UCLA) has held positions at the U of Missouri, SUNY Albany, LSU, U of Canterbury (New Zealand), and at the U of Utah as presidential professor of Linguistics and director of the Center for American Indian Languages (CAIL), and at the U of Hawai’i at Mānoa (now emeritus).  He has been visiting professor at Australian National U, Colegio de México, Escuela Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia (ENAH, Mexico), Federal U of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Memorial U (Canada), Ohio State U (Assoc. Director of Linguistics Institute), U of Hamburg, U of Helsinki, UNAM (Mexico), Universidad del País Vasco (Spain), Univeresidade de Brasilia (Brazil), and U of Turku (Finland). He has held joint appointments in Linguistics, Anthropology, Behavioral Research, Latin American Studies, and Spanish (with stints as head/chair of Linguistics and Spanish). He has been a member of the NSF Linguistics Panel, Fulbright Scholar Awards Committee, Linguistic Society of America Executive Committee, president of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), and has held offices in several other professional organizations. He is on 20 editorial boards, and has published 24 books and c.200 articles. He won the Linguistic Society of America’s prestigious Leonard Bloomfield Book Award twice, for Historical Syntax in Cross-linguistics Perspective (Alice Harris & L. Campbell, 1995, Cambridge U Press), and American Indian Languages: the Historical Linguistics of Native America (1997, Oxford U Press). His grants and awards include, among others, NSF (13 grants); NEH; Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship; Social Science Research Council; Fulbright Fellowship; American Council of Learned Societies; SOAS (Hans Rausing Fund for Endangered Languages); Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden (3 grants); U of Canterbury Research Medal; Fellow Royal Society of New Zealand, and Presidential Professorship U of Utah.

He grew up in Oregon.

Areas of Specialization

Documentation of endangered languages
Historical linguistics
Language contact
Indigenous Languages of the Americas
Uralic languages

Some Current Research Projects

Catalogue of Endangered Languages (

Nivaclé (Matacoan language, Argentina and Paraguay)

Matacoan languages (of the Gran Chaco, South America)

Xinkan languages (Guatemala)


Dr. Lyle Campbell’s Curriculum Vitae