Jejueo, the language of Korea’s Jeju Island, is now being taught for credit in a post‐secondary institution for the first time. The language, long mistakenly classified as a dialect of Korean, is not intelligible to people who speak only Korean and has come to be recognized as a separate language by many linguists and institutions, including UNESCO and the Endangered Language Catalogue at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
In 2017, Dr. Changyong Yang, dean of the College of Language Education at Jeju National University and adjunct professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, was asked to teach a for‐credit course on Jejueo in the Department of Nursing at the Jeju Tourism University (제주관광대학교). The goal of the course was to prepare nursing students to better serve the needs of elderly patients who prefer to communicate with health care providers in Jejueo rather than Korean.
Reaction to the course has been very positive. The students have expressed amazement at how different Jejueo is from Korean and how important familiarity with the language has been for communicating with elderly patients. About forty students registered for Dr. Yang’s class in the spring of 2017 and about sixty in the spring of the following year. The course will be offered again in the spring of 2019.
Dr. Yang is using as his textbook the first volume of a Jejueo‐language series that he has co‐authored with Sejung Yang, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and William O’Grady, a professor in the same department. Preparation of the volumes in the series has been supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS‐2015‐OLU‐2250005).
Original publication from Center for Korean Studies News.
Anna Belew has accepted a full-time position as the Outreach Coordinator for the Endangered Languages Project. Anna is currently a PhD candidate in the Language Documentation & Conservation track, and has been working with the ELP and ELCat projects since 2011.
The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages is now out, edited by our very own Kenneth L. Rehg and Lyle Campbell. This influential and highly prestigious volume contains contributions by no less than 18 of our current or former students/faculty. It’s fair to say that our department’s perspective on endangered languages is very well represented. Congratulations to all!
List of contributors with University of Hawaii affiliations:
Rehg, Kenneth L.
Van Way, John
Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Brad McDonnell and Eve Koller have been selected to organize a minicourse called “Data Summer Camp” at the LSA Institute at UC Davis in 2019. The 4-session minicourse is funded by a NSF grant to Berez-Kroeker and McDonnell (SMA-1745249).
Three (3) Department of Linguistics researchers: Associate Professor Berez-Kroeker, Assistant Professor Brad McDonnell, and Postdoctoral Research Eve Koller, have a contract to edit the first volume in the new series of Open Handbooks in Linguistics by MIT Press Open. Their volume, called “The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management,” will be available for free download. They will be joined by a 4th editor, Dr. Lauren Collister, from University of Pittsburgh.
Associate Professor Andrea Berez-Kroeker has been invited to teach at CoLang at the University of Florida in June 2018, and at the LSA Summer Institute at U California Davis in 2019. She will teach a workshop on ELAN at CoLang, and a class called “Digital Language Documentation” at the LSA Institute.
UH was well-represented at the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Documentation (BUCLD42) held on November 2 to 4, 2017, with multiple posters and talks from both the Linguistics and Second Language Studies departments.
Peter Schuelke is in Solomon Islands this month as part of a study of the Roviana language from the Western Province.
Emeritus professor Lyle Campbell has been invited to teach a course at the LSA Summer Institute to be held at UC Davis in summer 2019. He will teach a course entitled “Introduction to Historical Linguistics”. Congratulations to Lyle for the honor of being invited to teach this course.
Ka Leo (also known as Manoa Now), the student-run campus newspaper, featured an article on our new ASL course for Fall 2018 taught by incoming Ph.D. student Emily Jo Noschese. Dr. Kamil Deen and Dr. James ‘Woody’ Woodward were both featured as interviewees, and discussed the current KCC offerings, HCC’s new course, and the potential future for ASL and HSL in the UH System.
To read the article, please visit http://bit.ly/UHMASL18.