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]

Office Hours

  • Tues 9:30-11:30 am, Wed 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Please make an appointment using Google Calendar

Spring 2020 courses

  • LING 630: Linguistic Field Methods [syllabus]


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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.

DEL Fifteen @ LSA

LSA 2020 will feature a series of special sessions celebrating the 15th anniversity of the NSF Documenting Endnagered Languages Program. [more info]

Dynamic Language Infrastructure

The NSF program formerly known as Documenting Endnagered Languages has a new name. See the general program solicitation NSF 19-606 and the special solicitation for dissertation grant NSF 19-607.

Remembering Michael Krauss

Michael Krauss, noted scholar of Alaska Native languages and advocate for Indigenous language communities worldwide, passed away August 11, 2019. Dr. Krauss was a long-time mentor and colleague, and I offer some remembrances in this LinguistLIST post.

Eyak Elders and linguist built together Eyak language archive

"Michael Krauss learned Eyak from my great-grandmother. Their work keeps alive the words of our people." --Jen Rose Smith [read Cordova Times story]