Professor of Linguistics

As a documentary linguist my work focuses on the documentation and description of indigenous languages, especially the Dene (Athabascan) languages of Alaska and the non-Austronesian (Papuan) languages of eastern Indonesia. Most of these languages are in danger of disappearing, and their systematic documentation preserves endangered knowledge systems while also contributing to an understanding of the way human languages are structured. [curriculum vitae]

Advising Appointments

Tues, Wed 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Appointments are available in 15-minute slots. If you need more time please schedule adjacent slots. To schedule an appointment use Google Calendar.

Fall 2017 courses

  • LING 640G: Language, Landscape, and Space

Spring 2018 courses

  • LING 750G: Lexicography

Biocultural Initiative

The UH Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific is a community of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, who together with our local and global partners and collaborators, create a network of biocultural scholars, programs, and institutions that disseminate important information on biological and cultural diversity to scholars, policy makers, and community members.

Kaipumakani @ HLA

The Kaipumakani project will be at the Hawaii Library Association Conference on October 27, 2017, with a presentation entitled Sustaining Digital Cultural Heritage Through Culturally Responsive Content Management.

MEaCoM workshop

The first workshop on Developing Tools for Metadata Editing and Collection Management will be held at CIDLeS on October 23-24, 2017


The seventh East Nusantara Conference (ENUS 7) will take place in Kupang, Timor on May 14-15, 2018. The conference brings together scholars from linguistics, anthropology, history, and related disciplines to explore migration and contact history in the region of Indonesia east of Bali, including Indonesian Papua and Timor L'este.