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Gary Holton

  • Professor of Linguistics
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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As a documentary linguist my work focuses on the documentation and description of indigenous languages, especially the Athabascan languages of Alaska and the Papuan languages of eastern Indonesia. Most of these languages are in danger of disappearing, and their systematic documentation preserves endangered knowledge systems while also contributing to an understanding of the way human languages are structured. At the Alaska Native Language Center I also assist with language revitalization programs, creating materials for language learning and assisting with Native language teacher training. Documentation is of little value unless it is preserved and made accessible. Thus, another component of my work involves the development and support of language archiving capacity as Director of the Alaska Native Language Archive.

Recent publications

  • Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field

    • Berez-Kroeker A
    • Gawne L
    • Kung S
    • et al.
  • Methodology in Linguistic Prehistory

    • Güldemann T
    • Holton G
    • Loughnane R
    • et al.

Professional experience

Professor of Linguistics

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

December 2015 - Present


University of Alaska - Fairbanks

August 1999 - December 2015(16 years)



University of California Santa Barbara - Department of Linguistics

September 1995 - July 2000(5 years)

Co-authors (31)

  • Daniel W. Hieber
  • Alexander King
  • Heather Roth
  • Shadi Davari
  • Peter Austin

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