Project Highlight: Documentation of Hawaii Sign Language: Building the Foundation for Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization of Endangered Pacific Island Sign Languages

This week on the ELAR blog, James Woodward shares a highlight from his ELDP project. Woody is researching Hawai`i Sign Language. 

On the first HSL teaching materials:

This project is currently producing the first Hawai`i Sign Language (HSL) to English dictionary and the first English to HSL dictionary and the first set of teaching materials for HSL.  An experimental course with its own UHM course number entitled “Hawai`i Sign Language Linguistics:  Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization of HSL” has been taught at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.  A permanent course Ling 636 Hawai`i Sign Language Linguistics:  Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization of HSL has been approved and will be taught in the Fall of 2017 and once a year thereafter. This course has three components:  1) lectures on the linguistic structure and history of HSL, 2) language skills in HSL being taught by a native user of HSL, and 3) directed research on HSL.  This is the first course to be offered on HSL.

To learn more about this project, visit the ELAR catalogue.

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