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Daniel W. Hieber

/dænjəl hibəɹ/

Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics

University of California, Santa Barbara

dhieber@umail.ucsb.edu

www.danielhieber.com

Department of Linguistics

University of California, Santa Barbara

South Hall 3432

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3100

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Education

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  1. University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

    • M.A., Linguistics, 2016
    • C.Phil., Linguistics, 2016
  2. LSA Linguistic Institute (Boulder, CO)

  3. School for International Training (SIT) (Nairobi, Kenya)

    Program: Development, Health & Society

    • Independent Research Project: Language change & variation in Mombasa: Recent trends in Kimvita Swahili
  4. School for International Training (SIT) (Mombasa, Kenya)

    Program: Swahili Studies & Coastal Cultures

    • Independent Research Project: What’s in a word? Code-switching in Mombasa Swahili
  5. The College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

    • B.A., Linguistics & Philosophy (double major), 2008
    • magna cum laude

Professional Experience

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  1. Research Assistant, UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division

    • worked with Professor Carol Genetti on the study of prosodic cues in reported speech
  2. Editor, Rosetta Stone

    • created lesson content for commerical language products
    • used language typology to create products more appropriate for specific languages
    • managed lexical database and linguistic corpora, and used them for insights into language products and our learners
  3. Associate Researcher, Rosetta Stone Research Labs

    • conducted applied research in linguistics, typology, acquisition, and pedagogy as it related to company initiatives
    • designed and prototyped new products and features
    • gave company-internal presentations on a variety of linguistic and typological topics
  4. Editor, Rosetta Stone Endangered Language Program

    • created language-learning software for the Chitimacha, Navajo, Iñupiaq, Inuttitut, and Mohawk languages
    • conducted daily elicitation sessions, both long-distance and on-site, with native speakers
    • made numerous field visits for elicitation, recording, and photography
    • designed culturally-relevant, immersion-based language lessons
    • provided linguistic consulting to indigenous communities on language planning, immersion teaching, documentation, and basic linguistics
    • managed program interns

Teaching

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  1. Introduction to Language & Linguistics (Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara)

    Introduction to the scientific study of language: The sounds of language; word and sentence structure; semantics and pragmatics; discourse and conversational speech; the social and cultural functions of language; language change and the reconstruction of languages at earlier stages.

    • Summer 2014 (1 section)
  2. Language in Life (Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara)

    The diversity and history of languages; their norms, conventions, and written traditions; the role of language in culture and identity; language rights and multilingualism, and the implications of technology for language use.

    • Spring 2016 (2 sections)
  3. Research Assistantship in Linguistics (Advisor, UC Santa Barbara)

    • Worked with two undergraduate assistants to transcribe J.P. Harrington's notebooks on Obispeño Chumash. (Fall / Winter 2013)

    • Worked with five undergraduate assistants to compile data from a year-long field methods class on Tlahuapa Mixtec into a single searchable lexicon and database of texts. (Fall / Winter 2016)

Awards & Honors

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  1. National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Research Fellowship (GRFP)

    For dissertation research on the typology of lexical categories. $34,000 stipend plus $12,000 tuition remission per year for 3 years. NSF DGE 1144085.

  2. Winner, UC Santa Barbara Grad Slam

    Campus-wide competition for the best 3-minute research talk by a graduate student. Presented on Chitimacha langauge revitalization. $5,000 prize.

  3. 2nd place, University of California Grad Slam

    UC-wide competition for the best 3-minute research talk by a graduate student. Presented on Chitimacha language revitalization. $3,000 prize.

  4. LSA CoLang Scholarship

    For attendance at the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research. $375 towards registration costs.

  5. Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara

    Central campus fellowship to attend the M.A./Ph.D. program in linguistics at UC Santa Barbara. $24,000/yr. for 3 years, plus $5,000 summer research funding in year 1.

  6. Boren Scholarship, National Security Education Program (NSEP)

    For study abroad and independent research over in Kenya. $20,000 over 2 semesters. (I declined the scholarship because a travel warning made the funds no longer useable in Kenya.)

  7. Excellence in Language Scholarship, Turner Ashby High School

    For outstanding academic performance in foreign languages. $500 towards college tuition.

Publications & Presentations

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Edited Volumes

  1. Working Papers in Athabaskan (Dene) Languages 2012

    Alaska Native Language Center Working Papers 11, eds. Sharon Hargus, Edward Vajda, Daniel W. Hieber. ANLC.

Refereed Articles & Chapters

  1. Category genesis in Chitimacha: A constructional approach

    To appear in Kristel Van Goethem, Muriel Norde, Evie Coussé, & Gudrun Vanderbauwhede (eds.), Categorization and category change from a constructional perspective (Constructional Approaches to Language). John Benjamins.

  2. On linguistics, linguists, and our times: A linguist’s personal narrative reviewed

    Linguistic Typology 17(2): 291–321. Review article of R. M. W. Dixon. 2010. I am a linguist. Brill.

    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/lity-2013-0013

Workshops, Presentations, & Posters

  1. Indeterminate valency & verbal ambivalence in Chitimacha

    Talk presented at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), Jan. 5–8, Austin, TX.

  2. The cohesive function of prosody in Ekegusii (Kisii) narratives

    Talk presented to the Discourse Workshop, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  3. Non-autonomous valency-adjusting devices in Chitimacha

    Talk presented at the Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), May 6–7, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  4. How to become a Kisii folktalke: Generic features of moralizing narratives among the Gusii people of Kenya

    Talk presented at the Language, Interaction, & Social Organization Symposium (LISO) special session on Interaction & Culture Across Languages: Perspectives from Field Linguistics, April 8, 2016, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  5. The extension of structure from morphology to discourse

    Talk presented at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), Jan. 7—10, Washington, D.C.

  6. Renaissance on the bayou: Revitalizing the Chitimacha language

    Award-winning 3-minute talk on my work with the Chitimacha language, presented as part of the University of California Grad Slam competition for the best 3-minute research talk by a graduate student. Won 1st place in the UC Santa Barbara Finals, and 2nd place in the University of California Grand Finals.

  7. The start and the end of it: Prosodic marking of speech report boundaries in Dolakha Newar

    (with Carol Genetti) Plenary talk given to the South Asian Languages Conference, May 15, 2015, London, UK.

  8. Category genesis through schematicity: On the origin of Chitimacha preverbs

    Paper presented at the UC Santa Barbara Linguistics Department’s Silver Anniversary Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  9. Documentation & revitalization of Ékegusií language & culture

    Invited talk given to the Ékegusií Encyclopedia Project, Mombasa, Kenya.

  10. Degrees & dimensions of grammaticalization in Chitimacha preverbs

    17th Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), University of California, Santa Barbara.

  11. Building the lexion for reawakening languages

    Conference on Language Revitalization: Sleeping & Awakening Languages of the Gulf South, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

  12. Semantic alignment in Chitimacha

    Winter Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), Minneapolis, MN.

  13. Linguistics in industry

    Invited talk, UCSB Linguistics Club, Santa Barbara, CA.

  14. The politically incorrect guide to language death

    Invited guest lecture, Anthropology 305: ‘Language & Culture’, Professor Amy L. Paugh, Department of Anthropology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

  15. Rosetta Stone & Navajo Language Renaissance

    With Lorraine Begay Manavi & Kasra Manavi. Invited keynote, Athabaskan (Dene) Languages Conference, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

  16. Digital collaboration: 21st century tools for revitalization

    Poster presentation for the conference on Language Revitalization in the 21st Century: Going global, staying local, CUNY, New York, NY.

  17. An introduction to typology

    Three-part lecture series presented to the Content Development Department, Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA.

  18. Language endangerment & nationalism

    Invited talk co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Arts & Sciences Lectures Committee, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

  19. Language endangerment: A history

    Invited guest lecture, Anthropology 305: ‘Language & Culture’ Professor Amy L. Paugh, Department of Anthropology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

  20. Canonical Typology

    Lecture given to the Content Development department, Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA.

  21. Terrence Deacon on ‘Language origins: What coevolved, what devolved, and what’s universal’

    Summary of Terrence Deacon’s plenary talk at the LSA Institute 2011, presented to the Content Development Department, Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA.

  22. A case study in digital collaboration: Navajo Language Renaissance & Rosetta Stone Navajo

    With Lorraine Begay Manavi & Marion K. Bittinger. Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (SILS), Albuquerque, NM.

  23. Language revitalization: Issues with reference to Navajo

    With Marion K. Bittinger. Invited guest lecture, Anthropology 305: ‘Language & Culture’ Professor Amy L. Paugh, Department of Anthropology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

  24. Elicitation techniques

    Invited talk, Content Development Department, Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA.

  25. Language revitalization: Navajo

    With Marion K. Bittinger. Invited guest lecture, Anthropology 305: ‘Language & Culture’ Professor Amy L. Paugh, Department of Anthropology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Online Articles

  1. Renaissance on the bayou: Revitalizing the Chitimacha language

    Published in:

  2. Language revitalization in Africa

    LSA Committee on Endangered Languages & their Preservation (CELP) blog.

  3. Language as action

    Mises Daily, Ludwig von Mises Institute.

  4. Why do languages die?

    Mises Daily, Ludwig von Mises Institute.

  5. Language myths and complicated languages

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  6. Why are some languages so complicated?

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  7. What are the origins of language?

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  8. Chitimacha: Building blocks for revitalization

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  9. Language and the socialist-calculation problem

    Mises Daily, Ludwig von Mises Institute.

  10. Rosetta Stone Navajo: Rising to the challenge

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

Book Reviews

Projects

  1. Rosetta Stone Navajo (Diné bizaad)

    Rosetta Stone language-learning software for the Navajo language. Available for purchase from the nonprofit organization Navajo Language Renaissance here. Proceeds go directly towards continued language revitalization efforts. Try the demo here.

  2. Rosetta Stone Chitimacha (Sitimaxa)

    Rosetta Stone language-learning software for the Chitimacha language. Not available for public purchase.

Non-Linguistic Publications

  1. Growing up

    In Lynn K. Talbot & Andrew Talbot Squires (eds.), Following the yellow arrow: Younger pilgrims on the Camino. Wingspan Press.

  2. 18 going on 19

    American Pilgrim Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall), 20–21.

Unpublished Manuscripts

  1. Singing the morals: The function of musico-linguistic shifts in Kisii folktales

    Paper prepared for panel presentation for Playing the changes, saying the changes: The social meaning of musico-linguistic style-shifting, organized by Jessica Love-Nichols (UC Santa Barbara) and Morgan Sleeper (UC Santa Barbara), American Anthropological Association (AAA) 2016, Minneapolis, MN.

  2. Verbal ambivalence in Chitimacha

    Term paper, ‘Valency’, Prof. Bernard Comrie, Spring 2016, UC Santa Barbara.

  3. How to become a Kisii folktalke: Generic features of moralizing narratives among the Gusii people of Kenya

    Term paper, ‘Introduction to sociocultural linguistics’, Prof. Mary Bucholtz, Fall 2015, UC Santa Barbara.

  4. Building the lexicon for awakening languages

    Chapter prepared for the Conference on Language Revitalization: Sleeping & Awakened Languages of the Gulf South, Tulane University. (Proceedings were never published.)

  5. To be not or to not be: A Behavioral Profile approach to the semantics of Chitimacha negation

    Term paper, ‘Semantics’, Prof. Stefan Th. Gries, Winter 2015, UC Santa Barbara.

  6. From grammar to discourse: Chitimacha participles in discourse and diachrony

    Term paper, ‘Syntax Beyond the Clause’, Prof. Marianne Mithun, Fall 2014, UC Santa Barbara.

  7. The processing of multi-categorial roots in Swahili

    Term paper, ‘Cognitive Foundations of Language’, Prof. Fermín Moscoso del Prado, Fall 2014, UC Santa Barbara.

  8. Causativity and the origin of the causative suffix in Chitimacha

    Term paper, ‘Advanced Syntax’, Prof. Marianne Mithun, Fall 2014, UC Santa Barbara.

  9. Assessing the Chitimacha-Totozoquean hypothesis

    Term paper, ‘Language & Prehistory’, Prof. Laura Robinson, Spring 2014, UC Santa Barbara.

  10. Primitivism in linguistics: The Americanist tradition after Boas

    Term paper, ‘Language as Culture’, Prof. John W. Dubois, Winter 2013, UC Santa Barbara.

  11. Loan translations in the U.S. Southeast

    Term paper, ‘Languages in Contact’, Prof. Marianne Mithun, Winter 2013, UC Santa Barbara.

  12. The U.S. Southeast as a linguistic area

    Class presentation, ‘Language & Prehistory’, Prof. Laura Robinson, Winter 2014, UC Santa Barbara.

  13. Degrees and dimensions of grammaticalization in Chitimacha preverbs

    Term paper, ‘Advanced Language Change’, Prof. Marianne Mithun, Fall 2014, UC Santa Barbara.

  14. Documenting conversational conventions in Swahili

    Term paper, ‘Discourse Transcription’, Prof. John W. Dubois, Fall 2013, UC Santa Barbara.

  15. Switch-topic marking in Chitimacha

    Term paper, ‘Discourse’, Prof. Patricia Clancy, Fall 2013, UC Santa Barbara.

  16. A world of words

    Blog post written for Linguavore: RVoice (Rosetta Stone blog). Left the company before it was published.

  17. The Navajo language

    With David Godfrey. Term paper, ‘Linguistic Anthropology’, Prof. Amy L. Paugh, Fall 2009, James Madison University.

  18. Teaching from difference

    Term paper, ‘Linguistic Anthropology’, Prof. Amy L. Paugh, Fall 2009, James Madison University.

  19. On the status of the subject agreement marker in Swahili

    Term paper, ‘Advanced Syntax’, Prof. Ann M. Reed, Spring 2008, The College of William & Mary.

  20. A sketch grammar of Turkish

    Term paper, ‘Descriptive Linguistics’ [Field Methods], Prof. Ann M. Reed, Fall 2007, The College of William & Mary.

  21. Review of Baboon metaphysics: The evolution of a social mind, by Dorothy L. Cheney & Robert M. Seyfarth

    Term paper, ‘Science & Human Agency’, Prof. Paul S. Davies, Winter 2005, The College of William & Mary.

  22. Language change & variation in Mombasa: Recent trends in Kimvita Swahili

    Independent study project, ‘Development, Health, & Society’, Spring 2007, School for International Training, Nairobi, Kenya.

  23. What’s in a word? Code-switching in Mombasa Swahili

    Term paper, ‘Swahili Language & Culture Studies’, Fall 2006, School for International Training, Mombasa, Kenya.

  24. Discourse connectives and pragmatic implications

    Term paper, ‘Semantics’, Prof. Ann M. Reed, Spring 2006, The College of William & Mary.

  25. Truth and the sentential hierarchy

    Term paper, ‘Philosophy of Language’, Prof. Robert Maximilian de Gaynesford, Spring 2006, The College of William & Mary.

Service

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  1. Advisory Council Member, Institute for Collaborative Language Documentation (CoLang)

  2. Proofreader, Language Science Press

  3. Webmaster, Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA)

  4. Webmaster, Social Media Subcommittee, LSA Committee on Endangered Languages & Their Preservation (CELP)

  5. Reviewer, Libertarian Papers

Memberships

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  1. Association for Contemporary African Linguistics (ACAL)
  2. Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT)
  3. Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL)
  4. Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
  5. Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA)

Fieldwork & Descriptive Work

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  1. Santa Barbara, California.

    One-year graduate-level field methods class working with a speaker of Tlahuapa Mixtec.

  2. Kisii, Kenya.

    Two months of fieldwork near Kisii Town in southwestern Kenya, recording conversation, traditional songs, and folktales in the Kisii (Ékegusií) language.

  3. Anchorage, AK.

    Two weeks of elicitation with a native speaker of the Point Hope dialect of Iñupiaq.

  4. Rosetta Stone.

    Daily elicitation sessions with speakers of Navajo and Inuit for the purpose of creating Rosetta Stone language-learning software. Included both long-distance elicitation and numerous field visits, generally for two weeks at a time.

  5. Chitimacha Tribal Reservation.

    Ongoing preparation of a Chitimacha dictionary, text collection, and grammar from archival sources. Completed Rosetta Stone language-learning software for Chitimacha in 2010.

  6. Williamsburg, VA.

    A one-semester undergraduate descriptive linguistics / field methods class with a native speaker of Turkish.

  7. Mombasa, Kenya.

    Two semesters researching language shift in the Kimvita (Mombasa) dialect of Swahili. Worked primarily with youth speakers collecting recorded texts for analysis.

Languages

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  1. Chitimacha (Sitimaxa)

    structural knowledge

  2. French (français)

    beginner

  3. Inuit (Iñupiaq)

    structural knowledge

  4. Kisii (Ékegusií)

    structural knowledge

  5. Latin (lingua Latina)

    intermediate

  6. Navajo (Diné bizaad)

    structural knowledge

  7. Spanish (español)

    intermediate

  8. Swahili (Kiswahili)

    advanced

  9. Turkish (Türkçe)

    structural knowledge

Skills & Proficiencies

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Technical Skills

  1. CSS
  2. Database Design & Management
  3. Digital Audio/Video Recording
  4. HTML
  5. JavaScript
  6. Node.js
  7. SQL
  8. Web Hosting

Software Proficiencies

  1. ELAN
  2. Fieldworks Language Explorer (FLEx)
  3. GitHub
  4. LexiquePro
  5. Mendeley
  6. Microsoft Office
  7. Praat
  8. R

Media About Me

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  1. Graduate student in the spotlight: Daniel Hieber on revitalizing languages, rock climbing, and research motivation, by Melissa Rapp. UCSB GradPost

  2. UCSB Ph.D. student Daniel Hieber takes second place in inaugural UC Grad Slam, by Patricia Marroquin. Noozhawk

  3. For UCSB linguistics Ph.D. student Daniel Hieber, a second-place win in inaugural UC Grad Slam was the ‘icing on the cake’, by Patricia Marroquin. UCSB GradPost

  4. UC students’ research wows judges at Grad Slam competition, by Nanette Asimov. San Francisco Chronicle

  5. The three-minute challenge: Graduate student in linguistics goes on to compete in the first UC-wide competition on May 4, by Julie Cohen. UC Santa Barbara Current

  6. Grad Slam 2015 Final Round for UCSB: The right to represent, by Kyle Crocco. UCSB GradPost

  7. UC Grad Slam tests scholars’ communication skills, by Carolyn McMillian. University of California Press Room

  8. 10 linguistics students receive NSF graduate fellowships, by Linguistic Society of America. LinguisticSociety.org

  9. CoLang 2014 scholarship recipients announced, by Linguistic Society of America. LinguisticSociety.org

References

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  1. Carol Genetti

    Graduate Dean & Professor, Department of Linguistics

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    (805) 893-3574

    cgenetti@linguistics.ucsb.edu

  2. Marianne Mithun

    Professor, Department of Linguistics

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    mithun@linguistics.ucsb.edu

  3. Jack B. Martin

    Boyd Associate Professor of English & Linguistics

    The College of William & Mary

    (757) 221-3906

    jbmart@wm.edu

  4. Eric W. Campbell

    Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    ecampbell@linguistics.ucsb.edu

  5. Kim Walden

    Cultural Director, Chitimacha Cultural Department

    Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

    (337) 923-9923

    kim@chitimacha.gov

  6. Marion K. Bittinger

    Director, Endangered Language Program

    Rosetta Stone

    (540) 248-3310

    mkbittinger@gmail.com