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Online Linguistics Resources
Provides basic language information (languages spoken, number of speakers, etc.) for each language of the world.
Contains comprehensive reference information for the world's languages, especially the lesser known languages.
Endangered Languages (websites)
This Google-sponsored, Alliance for Linguistic Diversity project aims to provide information on languages worldwide, and includes many languages of the Pacific.
Kiribati (Gilbertese) Language Resources
A variety of resources on the Kiribati language, including an online dictionary and "finderlist" as compiled by Steve Trussel.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. Dates covered are from 1973 to the present. Access is through Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. Includes some full text articles.
Call Number: PL5001 .A345
Publication Date: 1962-
Available online here
with UHM login.
Also available on microform
Oceanic Linguistics is devoted to the study of the indigenous languages of the Oceanic area and parts of Southeast Asia. The languages within the scope of the journal are the original languages of Australia, the Papuan languages of New Guinea, and the languages of the Austronesian (or Malayo-Polynesian) family.
Basic Reference Books
Click on the highlighted titles below to see where you can find copies
of these books in the Library. Check Locations! Items in
the Voyager catalog marked UH Mānoa: Hamilton Pacific Reference or UH Mānoa: Hamilton Hawaiian Reference can be pulled directly off the reference shelves in the Hawaiian & Pacific reading room. For items marked UH Mānoa Hawaiian Collection or UH Mānoa Pacific Collection, request retrieval through the "Get This Item" link in Voyager. (Click here for instructions on how to request books using "Get This Item.")
For Hawaiian and Pacific research, all of the same tools exist as for
any other kind of research. There are region- and subject-specific
dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, histories, newspapers,
academic journals and etc. Two very good starting points for general
The Pacific Islands: an encyclopedia by
Call Number: DU17 .P3 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Information on major aspects of Pacific life, including the physical environment, peoples, history, politics, economy, society and culture.
The Far East and Australasia by
Call Number: DS 502 .F37
Annual publication with detailed overview information (history, geography, population and economic statistics) for every country in the Pacific, including U.S. affiliated (Hawaiʻi, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa). This can be a useful resource when researching conditions in the country of origin for Pacific Islanders living in Hawaiʻi. Most recent editions are located in the 1st floor reference section and in the Asia reference collection on the 4th floor, as well as in Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reference shelves.
The Papuan Languages of New Guinea by
Call Number: PL6601 .F65 1986
Publication Date: 1986
This introduction to the descriptive and historical linguistics of the Papuan languages of New Guinea provide an accessible account of one of the richest and most diverse linguistic situations in the world.
UHM Pacific digital image collections