Monthly Archives: April 2007

The night before…

the big day tomorrow. Thesis defense day is almost here: “A Sketch Grammar of Satawalese, the language of Satawal Island, Yap State, Micronesia.” So much to talk about, but I must hone it down to a comfortable 45 minutes. I … Continue reading

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More Hang Technique from Germany

YouTube is just exploding with great Hang drum talent. check out Andi: Here, Andi holds the drum against is lap while standing to play: This guy is phenomenal! Fore more, go to YouTube and search “andisteil”

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My Defense is Set!

I can't quite smell the ink drying on the signature page of my thesis just yet… but I've set a defense date. My committee deems me ready. April 30, 1PM, Room 575 Moore Hall, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Whee!

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All’s well on Friday the 13th!

I love the number 13. I've never suffered from triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13. In fact, I relish seeing it, and am offended when 14 follows 12, as in many apartment buildings. Who are they fooling ANYway? You … Continue reading

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The Zen of Shelving

Okay, I'm a librarian. I've been one for 20 years. I've never shelved books. Ever. Until last week. Our two-story library is undergoing a renovation, requiring us to live on one floor while the other floor is under construction. We … Continue reading

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Check out Victoria’s Oastara Bonnet!

Here's my friend Victoria in her finest Oastara bonnet… (I usually just put peeps in the microwave and zap 'em – they grow monsterously, and then explode and/deflate when the power cuts off.) Aaaah, the endless creativity of my friends…

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Views of language by missionaries

 I was in my friend Deborah's office the other day. We're both linguists. One of my interests in lesser-known languages is the impression these languages left on outside observers, especially the sound systems. As many of you know, human languages … Continue reading

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