Two University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa projects to preserve endangered languages were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
These two projects were the only awards in the current round of National Endowment for the Humanities funding to be granted in the state of Hawaiʻi. See the National Endowment for the Humanities news release for more information.
Making Pacific Languages Discoverable
Linguistics Assistant Professor Andrea Berez and Hamilton Library Pacific Specialist Librarian Eleanor Kleiber were awarded more than $122,000 for their project Making Pacific Languages Discoverable: Identifying and Describing Indigenous Languages. This project builds on the joint strengths of the Department of Linguistics, with its five decades of field based research on Pacific languages, and the Hamilton Library Pacific Collection, the premier collection of its kind in the world, to make the entire collection more accessible to a wider audience worldwide.
The researchers will spend two years identifying the languages of nearly 10,000 items in the collection, and adding International Standards Organizations language codes to the catalog. Currently these items are marginally or erroneously cataloged for language, making them essentially invisible to researchers.
Field Investigation of the Bebeli Language
Recent linguistics PhD graduate Hiroko Sato has received a $50,000 fellowship to conduct a year of fieldwork based research on the Bebeli language of Papua New Guinea.