Berez-Kroeker reading at a podium
Andrea Berez-Kroeker (Photo credit: Brad Rentz)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Andrea Berez-Kroeker has received the Linguistic Society of America 2019 Early Career Award. Berez-Kroeker has established herself as one of the rising stars in the documentation of endangered languages.

The Early Career Award, established in 2010, recognizes scholars early in their career who have made outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics. Berez-Kroeker has incorporated a strong level of technological sophistication to her work, especially in the areas of language archiving, data processing and visualization.

Only the most exceptional of early career scholars can manage to do significant documentary work and produce a sizable record of publications while spending hundreds of “hidden” hours on basic data analysis, interaction with consultants and outreach efforts. Since finishing her PhD, Berez-Kroeker, shows every sign of becoming not only a leader within the language documentation community, but also a scholar who will make important connections with other areas of linguistics and with speaker communities.

“It’s all in a day’s work when you love what you’re doing,” said Berez-Kroeker, who also serves as the Department of Linguistics’ graduate chair. “The Department of Linguistics and the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature have always been incredibly supportive of the work we do here to document the diversity of understudied languages. I am truly lucky to work at a university that embraces finding solutions for the worldwide endangered language crisis.”

“We are so very proud of the excellent work Andrea does in the area of language documentation,” said College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature Interim Dean Laura E. Lyons. “It is also gratifying to see that language documentation is gaining stature in today’s global community.”

—Courtesy of a Linguistic Society of America news release