Department of Linguistics PhD candidate Victoria Chen has been awarded the 2017 Award for Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research from the UHM College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, for her dissertation, “A reexamination of the Philippine-type voice system and its implications for Austronesian primary-level subgrouping.” Her dissertation investigates the comparative grammar of indigenous languages spoken in Taiwan, which provides new evidence for the classification of higher-order Austronesian languages. Congratulations, Victoria!
We will be adding to this list as the semester continues. You can also check the Dissertations page for updates on other pre-defense dissertations for the current semester, or final dissertations from previous semesters.
Dr. Elaine Lau, 2016 alumna, has just accepted a postdoctoral position at the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She will be developing psycholinguistic research on multilingual and heritage child language acquisition, as well as infant language development.
Nala Lee has just been appointed assistant professor at National University of Singapore in the Department of English Language and Literature. Nala completed her Ph.D. in 2015, writing a dissertation entitled ‘A Grammar of Baba Malay with Sociophonetic Considerations’ (supervisor: Lyle Campbell). Congratulations to Nala!
Kanjana Thepboriruk (PhD, 2015) will begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor position of Thai Language with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in the Fall 2015. She looks forward to teaching all levels of Thai language and various South East Asian Studies and Thai Studies courses as well as working with the Thai Community in nearby Chicago to develop a heritage language curriculum for the community-based language schools. Kanjana is very proud to be joining over 50 years of excellence at the Center for South East Asian Studies and the fantastic Thai Language program at NIU.
The KBS station on Korea’s Jeju Island recently aired a two-part documentary on efforts to revitalize Jejueo and on the similarity of the situation there to the situation here with respect to Hawaiian. The documentary includes interviews with William O’Grady, Lyle Campbell, current PhD student Sejung Yang, PhD alumnus Kaliko (Chris) Baker, Larry Kimura at UH Hilo, and various others. Although part of the documentary is in Korean, many parts are in English.