Pacific Languages Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded funding to Andrea Berez (UHM Department of Linguistics) and Eleanor Kleiber (Hamilton Library Pacific Collection) for “Making Pacific Language Materials Discoverable: Identifying and Describing Indigenous Languages in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library Pacific Collection.” Andrea and Eleanor proposed the two-year project to develop precise catalog descriptors to improve discovery of materials held in the Pacific Collection. With more than 1,100 endangered Pacific languages represented in the Pacific Collection, the project aims to improve cataloguing for nearly 10,000 items and make this information accessible to language communities, documentary linguists, other catalogers, and the public.