Byron W. Bender
Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i
1890 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
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B.A. (English) 1949,
M.A. (linguistics) 1950,
Ph.D. (linguistics; minor, anthropology) 1963,
Linguistic Institutes, Linguistic Society of America
1950 University of Michigan
1952 Indiana University
1972 University of North Carolina
1977 University of Hawai‘i
1953–59 Education Specialist, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
1960–62 Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Goshen College (Indiana); Instructor, English Language Institute, University of Pennsylvania (summers)
1962–64 English Program Supervisor, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
1964–69 Associate Professor, University of Hawai‘i
1969–99 Professor, University of Hawai‘i; Chair, Department of Linguistics (1969–95)
2000– Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i
He has supervised six Ph.D. dissertations (one on Hawaiian, and five on
various languages of
His research has focused on the languages of
He has been active in two national faculty advocacy organizations, the AAUP (chapter delegate to annual meetings (1979–83) and member of the Council (1982–83)), and the NEA (participant in annual Higher Education Conferences (1983–89), and member of the Standing Committee on Higher Education (1985–89). He served 16 years on the Board of Directors of the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (six as President), and for six years on the Mānoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
He has been active in the Linguistic Society of America: Director of the
Linguistic Institute co-hosted by the University of Hawai‘i and the East-West
Center July 11–August 18, 1977, Member of the Program Committee (1987–89),
Chair of the Program Committee and Ex-Officio Member of the Executive Committee
(1989), Parliamentarian (1995–97). He has served as external reviewer for
programs at universities in
Within the State of Hawai‘i, he was a member (1983–84) of Task Force E (Leadership, Fiscal Support, and Communication) of the [Hawai‘i State] Board of Education /[University of Hawai‘i] Board of Regents Cooperative Study of Education in Hawai'i which resulted in the report Hawai‘i: Toward Excellence in Education (February, 1985); of the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Visions for the Future Conference, Hawai‘i Democratic Action (1985); and the Community Leader Forum Work Team on Income, Decisions ’87: Strategies for a Stronger Community, Health and Community Services Council of Hawai‘i and Aloha United Way; Member Funding Work Team Subcommittee II, Action `88 (A Project of Health and Community Services Council of Hawai‘i and Aloha United Way)(1987–88).
For almost six years (1983–88)
he was a weekly columnist on University issues for VIEWPOINT on Radio Station
KHVH. In 1987 he was appointed by the Governor to the Hawai‘i Public Employees
Health Fund Board, where he served for eight years. During the last four he was
Chair of the Benefits Committee and Vice Chair of the Board. In 2003 he was
appointed to the Board of Regents of the
B. W. Bender was for more than a decade (in the fifties and sixties)
Language Adviser to the Director of Education of the
A linguistic analysis of the place-names of the Marshall Islands. Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1963.
Marshallese phonemics: Labialization or palatalization? Word 19(3): 335–41, December 1963.
Marshallese phonology. Oceanic Linguistics 7(2): 16–35, Winter 1968.
Vowel dissimilation in Marshallese. Working Papers in
Linguistics [Department of Linguistics,
Spoken Marshallese: An intensive course with grammatical notes
An Oceanic place-name study. In Pacific Linguistic Studies in Honour of Arthur Capell, ed. by S. A. Wurm and D. C. Laycock, 165–88. (Pacific Linguistics C-13), Linguistic Circle of Canberra, 1970.
Parallelisms in the morphophonemics of several Micronesian languages. Oceanic Linguistics 12:455–77 Summer & Winter 1973.
Marshallese-English dictionary, with Takaji Abo, Alfred Capelle, and Tony DeBrum. (PALI Language Texts: Micronesia), The University Press of Hawai‘i, 1976. Revised ed., 2009. : http://www.trussel2.com/MOD/ and http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/19441.
Review of Francois-Xavier Nicolas Zewen, The Marshallese language: A study of its phonology, morphology, and syntax (Dietrich Reimer, Berlin, 1977). Journal of the Polynesian Society 88(1):118–20, March 1978.
A fossilized article in Marshallese. In Studies in Pacific Languages and Cultures: in honour of Bruce Biggs, ed. by Jim Hollyman and Andrew Pawley, 209–28. Linguistic Society of New Zealand, Auckland, 1981.
Studies in Micronesian linguistics (editor). Object marking in Marshallese, 443–65. (Pacific Linguistics C-80), Linguistic Circle of Canberra, 1984.
Lexical transfer from Marshallese to Mokilese: A study in intra-Micronesian borrowing, with Kenneth L. Rehg. Oceanic Linguistics 29:1–26, 1990.
On the category distributive. In Currents in Pacific
linguistics: Papers on Austronesian languages and ethnolinguistics
in honour of George W. Grace, ed. by Robert
Blust, 11–26. (Pacific Linguistics C-117), Department of Linguistics,
Language reform in a Micronesian context. In Language
reform: History and future, vol. 6, ed. by István
Fodor and Claude Hagège, 86–99. Helmut Buske,
Dealing with the ABCs of Marshallese over twenty years, with Alfred
Capelle. In Pacific Languages in Education, ed. by
Distinguishing between inflection and derivation. In Reconstruction,
classification, description: Festschrift in honor of Isidore
Dyen, ed. by Bernd Nothofer, 199–207. Abera Network
Asia-Pacific, vol. 3. Abera Verlag Meyer & Co.,
Proto-Micronesian reconstructions. With Ward H. Goodenough, Frederick H. Jackson, Jeffrey C. Marck, Kenneth L. Rehg, Ho-Min Sohn, Stephen Trussel, and Judith W. Wang. Oceanic Linguistics 42:1–110, 271–370, 2003.
The whole-word morphology of Micronesian noun inflection. In Streams converging into an ocean: Festschrift in honor of Professor Paul Jen-Kuei Li on his 70th birthday, ed. by Henry Y. Chang, Lillian M. Huang, and Dah-an Ho. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series Number W-5. Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, 2006.
The languages of Micronesia. 2013. In Language in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, ed. by Hiroko Sato and Jacob Terrell, 97–107. Class Reader for Ling 100, Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i.
Friulian phonology, with Zdeňek Salzmann and Giuseppi Francescato. Word 8(3): 216–23, December 1952.
A manual for teachers of
English in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, with Gregory J.
Trifonovitch. [Office of the High Commissioner]
Review of Leonard Newmark, Jerome Mintz, and Jan Lawson Hinely, Using American English (Harper and Row, 1964). Language Learning XVII(ii & iv):207–14, December 1967.
Pretences in language teaching. English Language Teaching 19(1):6–13, October 1964. Reprinted in The N[ational] A[ssociation of] T[eachers of] E[nglish] Bulletin
[Republic of China] 1(2):89–96, January–April 1965. Reprinted in Journal of English Teaching [Oxford
University Press K. K. in association with the British Council in
Micronesian languages. In Current Trends in Linguistics 8: Linguistics in Oceania, ed. by Thomas A. Sebeok, pages 426–65. Mouton, The Hague, 1971.
Linguistic factors in Maori education.
A Ulithian grammar, with Ho-min Sohn. Pacific Linguistics Series C-27. Linguistic Circle of Canberra, 1973.
Micronesia/la Micronésie. In Linguistic Composition of the Nations of the World 4: Oceania/Composition Linguistique des Nations du Monde 4: L'Océanie, ed. by Heinz Kloss and Grant C. McConnell, pages 41–53. Publications of the International Center for Research on Bilingualism, Series E. Les Presses de l'université Laval, Québec, 1981.
Obituary of Ruth Crymes. L[inguistic] S[ociety of] A[merica] Bulletin 97:10, October 1982.
Review of Samuel H. Elbert and Mary Kawena Pukui, Hawaiian Grammar (The University Press of Hawai‘i , 1979). Journal of the Polynesian Society 91(4):73–76, December 1982.
Mac Marshall, Structural patterns of sibling classification in island
cognate sets. With Robert W. Hsu, Frederick H. Jackson, Jeffrey C. Marck, Kenneth L. Rehg, Ho-min Sohn,
Stephen Trussel, and Judith W. Wang. Computer printout.
The status of Proto-Micronesian, with Judith W. Wang. In Austronesian linguistics at the 15th Pacific Science Congress, ed. by Andrew Pawley and Lois Carrington, 53–92. (Pacific Linguistics C-88), Linguistic Circle of Canberra, 1985.
Response: Evaluation at the
Predicting morphological change. In East Meets West: Homage to Edgar C. Knowlton, Jr., ed. by Roger Hadlich and J. D. Ellsworth, 17–31. Department of European Languages and Literature, University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, 1988.
Notes from the field: Lend me your ears! Oceanic Linguistics 34:226–32, 1995.
Fred Walter Householder. [An obituary].Language 73:560–70, 1997. http://www2.hawaii.edu/~bender/fwh.pdf
Linguistics. In Dictionary of American history:
Markedness and iconicity: Some questions. In Case,
typology, and grammar: In honour of Barry J. Blake,
ed. by Anna Siewierska and Jae Jung Song, 57–70. Typological Studies in Language.
gravitates to the word. In Productivity and creativity: Studies in general
and descriptive linguistics in honor of E. M. Uhlenbeck,
ed. by Mark Janse, 15–26. Trends
in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 116.
Paradigms as rules. In Grammatical analysis: Morphology,
syntax, and semantics: Studies in honor of
A perfect strategy for Latin. In Explorations
in seamless morphology, ed. by Rajendra Singh and
Stanley Starosta, 301–27.
In memoriam, Donald M. Topping, 1929–2003. With Priscilla Topping. Oceanic Linguistics 42:514–21, 2003.
One of my mentors. In Piakandatu ami Dr. Howard P. McKaughan, ed. by Loren Billings and Nelleke Goudswaard, 50–52. Manila: Linguistic Society of the Philippines and SIL Philippines, 2007.
Fred W. Householder. In 2nd edition of Lexicon grammaticorum : A bio-bibliographical companion to the history of linguistics. Harro Stammerjohann, ed. Tübingen : Niemeyer, 2009.
Fêting Bob’s career to date. In Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: A festschrift for Robert Blust, ed. by Alexander Adelaar and Andrew Pawley, 17–18. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2009.
A special power. In A journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space: Papers in honour of Andrew Pawley, ed. by John Bowden, Nikolaus Himmelmann, and Malcolm Ross, 3–4. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2010.
The first fifty years of Oceanic Linguistics, with George W. Grace and John Lynch. Oceanic Linguistics 50:285–311, 2011.
1995 Midori Osumi. Tinrin grammar. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication No. 25.
1995 John W. M. Verhaar.
Toward a reference grammar of Tok Pisin: An experiment in
corpus linguistics. Oceanic Linguistics Special
Publication No. 26.
2000 With Videa P. De
Guzman. Grammatical Analysis: Morphology,
Syntax, and Semantics: Studies in Honor of
2002 Jack A. Tobin. Stories from the Marshall Islands.
PALI Language Texts.