Pidgin Research

Recent publications on Pidgin

Higgins, C., Furukawa, G., & Lee, H. 2017Resemiotizing the metapragmatics of Konglish and Pidgin on YouTube. In S. Leppänen, and E.Westinen & S. Kytölä, (Eds.) Discourse and identification: Diversity and heterogeneity in social media practices. Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture Series. London and New York: Routledge. Routledge.
Kirtley, M. J., Grama, J., Drager, K., & Simpson, S. 2016An acoustic analysis of the vowels of Hawai‘i English. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 46(01), 79-97.
Lockwood, H. M., & Saft, S. L. 2016Shifting language ideologies and the perceptions of Hawaiʻi Creole among educators at the university level in Hawaiʻi.Linguistics and Education, 33, 1-13.
Higgins, C. 2015Earning capital in Hawai‘i’s linguistic landscape.In R. Tupas (ed.) Unequal Englishes across multilingual spaces (pp. 145-162). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lamb, G. 2015“Mista, are you in a good mood?”: Stylization to negotiate interaction in an urban Hawai’i classroom. Multilingua, 34(2), 159-185.
Drager, K., & Grama, J. 2014"De tawk dakain ova dea": Mapping language ideologies on Oʻahu.Dialectologia: revista electrònica, (12), 23-51.
Hiramoto, M. 2014“Island girl from the island”: Tattooed symbols and personal identities in contemporary Hawai‘i.Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 24(2), 173-195.
Drager, K., Kirtley, M. J., Grama, J., & Simpson, S. 2013Language variation and change in Hawai‘i English: KIT, DRESS, and TRAP.University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 19(2), 6.
Higgins, C. & Furukawa, G. 2012Styling Hawai‘i in haolewood: White protagonists on a voyage of self discovery.Multilingua 31,177-198.
Drager, K. 2012Pidgin and Hawai‘i English: An overview.International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication, 1, 61-73.
Higgins, C., Nettell, R., Furukawa, G., & Sakoda, K. 2012Beyond contrastive analysis and codeswitching: Student documentary filmmaking as a challenge to linguicism in Hawai‘i. Linguistics and Education, 23(1), 49-61.
Hiramoto, M. 2011Consuming the consumers: Semiotics of Hawai‘i Creole in advertisements.Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 26(2), 247-275.
Higgins, C2010Raising critical language awareness in Hawai‘i at Da Pidgin Coup.In B. Migge, I. Léglise, & A. Bartens (eds.), Creoles in education: A critical assessment and comparison of existing projects (pp. 31-54). John Benjamins.
Marlow, M. L., & Giles, H. 2010‘We won't get ahead speaking like that!’ Expressing and managing language criticism in Hawai'i.Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 31(3), 237-251.

Current and past research projects


1. Linguistic Family Trees in Hawai’i

2013 - present This research project serves to document processes of language shift, language loss, language maintenance and language addition across ...
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2. Pidgin and Stance in Hawai’i

Participants must be born and raised in Hawai‘i and be at least 18 years old. They should speak and understand ...
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3. Sato Fund

Applications are invited for THE CHARLENE JUNKO SATO ENDOWED MEMORIAL FUND This fund provides financial support for students of the ...
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4. Hawai‘i Creole Developmental Baselines

Developing speech pathology baselines for Hawai‘i Creole speaking children – Collaborative research with Dr. Christine Fiestas. (Christina Higgins, Kent Sakoda) ...
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5. Doing Research About Pidgin

I. Introduction As with any research, outsiders need to be sensitive to the role of the language in the community ...
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The aim of the Center is to conduct research on pidgin and creole languages and unstandardized dialects—especially research that would be of some benefit to speakers of such varieties