Bob Blust, a professor in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Linguistics, was awarded the Linguistics Lifetime Achievement in Research Award for his contributions to the understanding of human language, and the Austronesian language family in particular.
The Vice Chancellor for Research of UH Mānoa, Michael Bruno, presented him with the award, noting the incredible quality and quantity of Professor Blust’s scholarship.
His contributions to our understanding of the Austronesian language is particularly noteworthy. The Austronesian language family includes languages such as Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Tagalog and Ilocano—languages of immense importance to the people of Hawaiʻi.
—By Marcie Grabowski