Da Pidgin Coup

Join us! Meetings held twice a month on Mondays, 12:30 pm at TP 101, 1859 East-West Road

Da Pidgin Coup is a small group, comprised mainly of faculty and graduate students from the departments of Second Language Studies, Linguistics and English, as well as community experts, who have been meeting regularly since fall 98. Our main focus is on linguistic and educational issues concerning Pidgin. The group has two main functions:

(1) to stimulate and support research on Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole)
(2) to advocate recognition of Pidgin in the university and wider communities.

We generally meet every second Monday for lunch. The co-convenors are Kent Sakoda (sakoda@hawaii.edu) and Christina Higgins (cmhiggin@hawaii.edu).

You can read our position paper about Pidgin and Education which we wrote in 1999 in response to negative statements from the Chairman of the Board of Education.



Howzit everyone –

We will have our first Pidgin Coup meeting of the year on Monday, September 17 (12:30-1:30), TP 101 (behind Korean Studies).

This meeting will be an opportunity to talk story and to hear about the new course on Pidgin (SLS 130: Introduction to Pidgin in Hawai‘i), taught by SLS PhD student Bethany Schwartz. Bethany would be glad to get some feedback on a few of the planned activities.

In addition, we will talk about the planned Pidgin-Hawaiian Summit, a one-day workshop in October that will explore the relationship between these two languages in the teaching and learning of Hawaiian. Teachers of Ōlelo Hawaiʻi will share their perspectives on a range of topics, including how knowledge of Pidgin helps learning and teaching Hawaiian and the kuleana of local, Hawaiian, and malihini students in the learning of this language.