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Justin Kanda
Jennifer Sou
The Linguistics Society of Hawaii


Our Mission:


The Language Documentation Training Center of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa aims to train community members of underdocumented languages in the skills of language documentation, while spreading awareness about linguistic diversity and language endangerment.


Our Goals

We equip native speakers with basic skills in linguistics, to offer them a public outlet for sharing information about their languages, and to inspire them to become language advocates in their own communities.

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Our Impact

Since its conception, LDTC has worked with native speakers to document over 120 languages. These languages, while mostly concentrated in Asia and the Pacific, span 4 continents.


languages documented

For more information about the languages we have documented, see our Languages page.



workshop series hosted

We host two workshop series every year, consisting of 8 workshops each. Workshops cover all basic topics relevant to language documentation.



Years Serving communities

Since 2004 , we have been dedicated to our goal of capacity-building in endangered language communities.

Get Involved

Let us know if you’re passionate about language documentation. We’re always open to new members and new collaborations.


Join the workshops

Are you in Honolulu and want to get involved? Language experts and mentors are welcome to join us for our workshop series starting each September and January during the school year.

Training in your community

LDTC’s training model aims to empower and inspire communities to document their own languages. With collaborations we are able to build capacity worldwide!

Make a Donation

Help support LDTC by making a tax-deductible donation. Our efforts cannot succeed without the generous supporters of linguistic diversity.