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Anna Belew

Department of Linguistics

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

1890 East-West Rd., Moore 569

Honolulu, HI 96816




2020                            PhD, Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

                                     Co-chairs: Lyle Campbell and Katie Drager

2014                            Institute on Collaborative Language Research, University of Texas at Arlington    


2013                            Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, University of Michigan


2010                            M.A., Applied Linguistics, Boston University

                                     Advisor: M. Catherine O'Connor

                                     Thesis: "The Endangered Language Documentation Electronic Resource (ELDER): an                                                    Online Tool for Lexicon Creation" (with Mədʉmbɑ case study)


2009                            Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, UC Berkeley


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



Professional Positions                                                                                                                 


2018-present            Outreach Coordinator, Endangered Languages Project      

2016-2018                 Head Copyeditor, Language Documentation and Conservation      

2014-2016                 Project Coordinator, Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) and Endangered      

                                    Languages Project, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


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


Teaching Experience                                                                                                                    


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.                      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. 

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                                                                                                         

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                                                                               



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                                                                                                                            

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 and sociolinguistic description 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                                                                                                                     


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)



English (Native)

French (Fluent)

German (Beginner)

Iyasa (Beginner/Fieldwork Knowledge)

Mədʉmba (Beginner/Fieldwork Knowledge)