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]

Fall 2018 courses

  • LING 680: Intro to Language Documentation & Conservation [syllabus]
  • LING 750G: ICLDC Conference Planning [syllabus]

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.

ICLDC 2019

The sixth International Conference on Language Documenatation & Conservation will take place at UH Mānoa Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2019.

Minority Language Documentation for Community Language Practitioners

The Language Documentation Training Center, in partnership with the Leiden University and Artha Wacana University, held a one-week language documetation workshop May 7-13, 2008 in Kupang, Indonesia. More information is available here.


The seventh East Nusantara Conference (ENUS 7) took place in Kupang, Timor on May 14-15, 2018. The conference brought 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.