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Anna Belew

Endangered Languages Project

PO Box 16276

Portland, OR 97292

anna (at)




2020                            PhD, Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


2010                            M.A., Applied Linguistics, Boston University

2008                            B.A., Linguistics and English Literature, Boston University



Professional Positions                                                                                                                 


2024-present            Executive Director, Endangered Languages Project

2022-2024                 Program Manager, Endangered Languages Project

2018-2022                 Outreach Coordinator, Endangered Languages Project

2020-present            Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Linguistics


2020-2021                 Digital Revitalization Consultant, Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization 


2016-2018                 Head Copyeditor, Language Documentation and Conservation      

2014-2016                 Project Coordinator, Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat), University of Hawaiʻi at



2011-2013                 Assistant Project Manager, The LINGUIST List at Eastern Michigan University


Teaching Experience                                                                                                                    

2023                           Instructor, LING105: Language Endangerment, Globalization, and Indigenous Peoples

                                    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

2021                           Co-Instructor, LING680: Introduction to Language Documentation

                                    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

2015                           Instructor, LING102: Introduction to the Study of Language

                                    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

2012-2013                 Course designer and instructor, To Boldly Write (science fiction workshop for teens)

                                    826michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2012                           Co-Instructor, LNGE240: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the United States

                                    Eastern Michigan University

2009                           Teaching Assistant, LS565: Introduction to Language and Linguistics

                                    Boston University

2007-2008                 Course designer and instructor, English slang workshop

                                    Boston University Center for English Language and Orientation Programs




In prep.                     Ojong Diba, Rachel and Anna Belew. Language endangerment and destabilized language

                                   ecologies in two Cameroonian contexts. In Evgeniya Gutova and Alireza Korangy (eds.), 

                                   Multilingualism, Identity, and Language Endangerment in Africa. Berlin: Springer.

In prep.                     Roche, Gerald and Anna Belew. Language shift, endangerment, and revitalization. In Joseph

                                   Lo Bianco and Adrian Lundberg (eds.), Language Policy and Planning: State of Research and 

                                   Future Directions. New York: Bloomsbury.

2020                          Belew, Anna. The Endangered Languages Project (ELP): Collaborative infrastructure and   

                                   knowledge-sharing to support Indigenous and endangered languages. Proceedings of the 

                                   International Conference on Language Technologies for All (LT4All). Paris: UNESCO. (link)

2018                          Belew, Anna. Discourses of speakerhood in Iyasa: Linguistic identity and authenticity in an                                       endangered language. Language Documentation & Conservation 12. (link)

2018                          Belew, Anna and Sean Simpson. The status of the world's endangered languages. 

                                   In Campbell, Lyle and Kenneth Rehg (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages

                                   Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2018                          Belew, Anna and Sean Simpson. Language extinction then and now. In Campbell,

                                   Lyle, and Anna Belew (eds.) Cataloguing the World's Endangered Languages.

                                   London: Routledge.

2018                          Belew, Anna, Yen-ling Chen, Lyle Campbell, Russell Barlow, Bryn Hauk, Raina Heaton, 

                                   and Stephanie Walla. The endangered languages of the world and their status. In Campbell,

                                   Lyle and Anna Belew (eds.) Cataloguing the World's Endangered LanguagesLondon:


2018                          Campbell, Lyle and Anna Belew. Introduction: Why catalogue endangered languages? In

                                   Campbell, Lyle and Anna Belew (eds.) Cataloguing the World's Endangered LanguagesLondon:


Edited Volumes                                                                                                                             

2018                          Campell, Lyle and Anna Belew (eds.). 2018. Cataloguing the World's Endangered  

                                   LanguagesLondon: Routledge.

Conference Presentations                                                                                                         

2023                          Akumbu, Pius, Anna Belew, Amanda Holmes, Yulha Lhawa, Yazmin Novelo, and Alexandra

                                   Philbin. The Endangered Languages Project’s Mentorship Program: Supporting the

                                   revitalization and preservation of endangered languages worldwide. 29th LIPP-Symposium:

                                   Small Languages on the Big Stage. Munich (online), December 2023. 

2023                          Belew, Anna and Lyle Campbell. Directions in Global Language Revitalization (Plenary). 11th

                                   International Conference on Endangered and Lesser-Known Languages. Berhampur (online),   

                                   March 2023. 


2022                          Belew, Anna. "What I couldn't have done alone": Language documentation webinars as 

                                   training, support, and global community. Multi-platform and Connecting Communities:

                                   Contemporary Challenges for Minority Language Media. Flensburg (online), March 2022. 

2021                          Belew, Anna. Variation in the realization of /t/ in Medʉmba: A change in   

                                   progress? Linguistics Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Annual Meeting 2021.

                                   Sheffield (online), September 2021. 

2021                          Belew, Anna. Gathering together for digital language support (Keynote). ContribuLing. Paris

                                   (online), June 2021. (link)

2021                          Belew, Anna. Towards a Revitalization Helpdesk: A digital platform for knowledge-sharing &  

                                   relationship-building. 7th International Conference on Language Documentation

                                   and Conservation. Honolulu (online), March 2021. (link)

2020                          Belew, Anna. Technology, international knowledge-sharing, and collaboration to strengthen  

                                   Indigenous languages: the Endangered Languages Project and global language 

                                   revitalization. Grand Cultural Gathering of Indian Indigenous Peoples. Palghar, January 2020.  

2019                          Belew, Anna. The Endangered Languages Project: Supporting Indigenous languages with   

                                   information, technology, and community. The Adivasi/Tribal Languages, Culture and

                                   Sustainable Development. Bhopal, November 2019.  

2019                           Belew, Anna. The Endangered Languages Project: Connecting people, knowledge, and
                                    resources to strengthen endangered languages. International Year of Indigenous Languages                                        2019: Perspectives. Fort Wayne, October 2019.  

2019                           Belew, Anna. The Endangered Languages Project: Connecting people, knowledge, and                                                resources to strengthen languages worldwide. HELISET TŦE SḰÁL – ‘Let the Languages Live’.                                          Victoria, June 2019. 

2019                           Pappas, Leah, Olivia Bianchini, and Anna Belew. Facebook Live: A New Platform for

                                    Language Documentation Training. 33rd Hawaii Association of Language Teachers 

                                    Conference. Honolulu, April 2019. 

2019                           Belew, Anna and Sammy Mbipite. Iyasa Éboó: A Youth-Driven Model for Language 

                                    Documentation and Revitalization. 6th International Conference on Language Documentation

                                    and Conservation. Honolulu, March 2019. 

2017                           Belew, Anna. Investigating Multilingualism in an Endangered Language Context: the Case of                                      Iyasa in Cameroon. 25th Symposium About Language and Society, Austin (SALSA 25). Austin,

                                    April 2017.

2017                           Belew, Anna. Discourses of Speakerhood in Iyasa. 48th Annual Conference on African

                                    Linguistics. Bloomington, March 2017.

2017                           Belew, Anna. "Who Says We're Finished?": Investigating Community Perceptions of

                                    Language Endangerment. 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and

                                    Conservation. Honolulu, March 2017. (link)

2016                           Belew, Anna, Bryn Hauk, and Kevin Lowe. Introducing the Endangered Languages Project.  

                                    4th International Conference on Endangered and Lesser-Known Languages. Agra, February

                                    2016.  (link)

2015                           Belew, Anna. Two "Pidgins," One Attitude?: Comparing Attitudes towards Cameroon Pidgin                                        English and Hawaiʻi Pidgin English among Cameroonians in Honolulu. 8th World                                                          Congress of African Linguistics. Kyoto, August 2015.

2015                           Belew, Anna. Language Endangerment in Africa: Findings from the Catalogue of          

                                    Endangered Languages (ELCat) Project. 46th Annual Conference on African  

                                    Linguistics. Eugene, March 2015. (link)


2014                           Belew, Anna and Raina Heaton. The Catalogue of Endangered Languages: The History,                                               Development, and Future of a Forthcoming Resource on Endangered                                                                             Languages. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, January 2014.


2012                           Belew, Anna. The Catalogue of Endangered Languages: Project Overview with Focus                                                   on Africa. 7th World Congress of African Linguistics. Buea, August 2012. 

2009                           Anghelescu, Andrei, Anna Belew, Nick Danis, Kathryn Franich, and Catherine

                                    O'Connor. Medumba Noun Classes. Boston University UROP Symposium. Boston, October




Invited Talks, Workshops, and Colloquia                                                                               


2024                        "The UN’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages, Local and Global" (workshop co-

                               hosted with Montgomery Hill). From Local to Global: Contemporary Challenges and Innovative

                               Solutions, SUNY Geneseo. April 19, 2024.

2024                        "Ten Years Beyond the Ancestral Code: Growing Into a Model for Sociolinguistic

                                Documentation". Language Variation and Change Workshop, University of Chicago. February

                                23, 2024.

2023                        "Directions in Sociolinguistic Language Documentation". LING517, Portland State University.

                                February 27, 2023.

2022                         Participant: Lorentz Workshop on Ethics in Linguistics. Leiden. May 7-13, 2022.

2022                         "Digital Gathering Spaces for Sharing Knowledge in Language Revitalization and Activism". Dil

                                 Hakları Temelli Dijital Aktivizm Seminerleri, Tehlike Altindaki Diller, Istanbul (remote). April 29,

                                 2022. (link)

2021                         "More than Words: Sociolinguistically-Informed Language Documentation." Gift University

                                 Gujranwala (remote). September 25, 2021.

2021                         "Discourses and Ideologies of Language Documentation." LDTC/ELP Advanced Language

                                 Documentation Training Webinar, Facebook Live. February 5, 2021. (link)

2020                         "Language Endangerment, Attitudes, and Documentation." LDTC/ELP Language

                                 Documentation Training Webinar, Facebook Live. February 3, 2020. (link)

2019                         "Celebrating Indigenous Languages: Why the World's Linguistic Diversity is Under Threat, and                                   How It's Being Protected." Portland State University Student Organization of Applied         

                                 Linguistics colloquium. November 22, 2019.

2019                         "Language Endangerment, Attitudes, and Documentation." LDTC/ELP Language

                                 Documentation Training Webinar, Facebook Live. January 26, 2019. (link)

2018                         "Workshop: Youth Training for Documentation and Conservation of Iyasa." Centre   

                                 d'Alphabetisation de la Langue Iyasa, Campo, Cameroon. August 6-24, 2018. 

2018                         "Sociolinguistics and Language Endangerment in Cameroon." Portland State University        

                                 Student Organization of Applied Linguistics colloquium. April 6, 2018. 

2016                         "Investigating the Sociolinguistic Context of Iyasa: Vitality, Attitudes, and Repertoires."        

                                Linguistics Department Tuesday seminar, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. November 2016.

2016                         "The Catalogue of Endangered Languages: Ushering ELCat into the Future." Linguistics   

                                 Department Tuesday seminar, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. April 2016.


2014                        "Language Endangerment and the Catalogue of Endangered Languages." Anthropology                                            152, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. November 2014.


2014                         "The Catalogue of Endangered Languages' Language Endangerment Index (LEI), with                                                 Comparison to Other Endangerment Assessment Tools." Linguistics 617, University of                                               Hawai'i at Manoa. March 2014.


2013                         "The Catalogue of Endangered Languages: Overview and Applications." Endangered                                                   Languages Outreach Meeting, Google, Sydney, NSW. May 2013.


2012                          "The Catalogue of Endangered Languages Research Process: A Behind-the-Scenes                                                      Tour." Endangered Languages Project Strategic Planning Meeting, Googleplex, Mountain                                          View, CA. November 2012.

Press and Media                                                                                                                          

2020                          "Endangered Languages: Awakening the Canopy". Hidden Compass magazine. 

2019                          "The Endangered Languages Project and Revitalization Efforts in Cameroon." Linguistic   

                                    Society of America blog. 

2016                          "The last word: protecting our vanishing languages.Positive News magazine. 

2015                          "Highlights from the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and

                                   Conservation." Linguistic Society of America Committee on Endangered Languages and

                                   their Preservation (CELP) blog. 

Research Activity                                                                                                                          

2015-present           Fieldwork: documentation, sociolinguistic description, and revitalization of Iyasa [yko],     

                                   Campo, Cameroon

2014                          Fieldwork with diaspora speakers: language attitudes among speakers of Cameroonian

                                   Pidgin English, Honolulu, Hawaii

2010, 2015               Fieldwork: topological relations and sociolinguistic variation in Medumba [byv], Bangangté  

                                   and Yaoundé, Cameroon

2008-2009                Fieldwork with diaspora speakers: grammatical description of Medumba, Boston, MA

2007-2008                Fieldwork with diaspora speaker: grammatical description of KiNande, Boston, MA

Professional Service                                                                                                                   


2022                         Festival of Indigenous Languages     


2021                         Building a Revitalization Helpdesk: Workshop on Digital Tools and Resources for

                                  Language Revitalization Practitioners Worldwide      

                                  Convener, Organizer

2015-Present          Sociolinguistic Events Calendar



2013-Present          Linguists Outside Academia



2013-Present          Endangered Languages Project

                                  Member, Outreach Committee and Technical Committee


2014-2017               Linguistic Society of Hawai'i

                                  President (2016-2017)

                                  Secretary (2015-2016)

                                  Fundraising Chair (2014-2015)

2014-2017               Language Documentation Training Center

                                  Linguistic Mentor and Workshop Leader

2016-2017               UH Manoa Fieldwork, Linguistics, and Ethics Reading Group



2014-2017               International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation

                                  Member, Student Steering Committee

                                  Chair, Volunteer Sub-Committee


2008-2009               Boston University Conference on Language Development

                                  Member, Organizing Committee

                                  Volunteer Chair (2008), Registration Chair (2009)



Scholarships and Awards                                                                                                           

2018                        Grant: "Youth Training for Documentation and Conservation of Iyasa" ($2000)

                                 Endangered Language Fund Language Legacies Program

2015, 2016,            Pre-Dissertation Research Award ($5500, $4990, $4800)

2017                        Bilinski Educational Foundation


2014, 2015             Departmental Merit Scholarship ($700)

                                 Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai'i at Manoa


2014                        Tuition Scholarship ($750)

                                 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang), University of Texas at Arlington


2012                        Travel scholarship ($1500) (NSF grant BCS 1160649) as invited participant in Workshop on                                        Sociolinguistic Language Documentation in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Buea


2010                        Fieldwork funding ($1800), NSF grant BCS 1026724: Medumba [BYV] Linguistic                                                              Fieldwork and Collaborative Language Development (PI: M.C. O'Connor and J. Barnes)



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German (Beginner)

Iyasa (Beginner/Fieldwork Knowledge)

Mədʉmba (Beginner/Fieldwork Knowledge)

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