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]

Spring 2018 courses

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.

Digital Heritage Preservation Workshop

The Kaipumakani Project in partnership with Nā Hawai‘i ‘Imi Loa and the Sustainable Heritage Network will host a Digital Cultural Heritage Preservation Workshop Feburary 2-3, 2018. Advance registration required. See the website for more information.

Documenting Minority Languages in Nusa Tenggara Timur

The Language Documentation Training Center, in partnership with the Leiden University and Artha Wacana University, will hold 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) 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.