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Daniel W. Hieber

/dænjəl hibəɹ/

Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics

University of California, Santa Barbara



Department of Linguistics

University of California, Santa Barbara

South Hall 3432

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3100

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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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


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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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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

Online Articles

  1. Language myths and complicated languages

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  2. Why are some languages so complicated?

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  3. What are the origins of language?

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  4. Chitimacha: Building blocks for revitalization

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

  5. Language and the socialist-calculation problem

    Mises Daily, Ludwig von Mises Institute.

  6. Rosetta Stone Navajo: Rising to the challenge

    Linguavore: RVoice. Rosetta Stone blog.

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. Teaching from difference

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


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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


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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.


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  1. Chitimacha (Sitimaxa)

    structural knowledge

  2. French (français)


  3. Inuit (Iñupiaq)

    structural knowledge

  4. Kisii (Ékegusií)

    structural knowledge

  5. Latin (lingua Latina)


  6. Navajo (Diné bizaad)

    structural knowledge

  7. Spanish (español)


  8. Swahili (Kiswahili)


  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


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  1. Marianne Mithun

    Professor, Department of Linguistics

    University of California, Santa Barbara


  2. Carol Genetti

    Graduate Dean & Professor, Department of Linguistics

    University of California, Santa Barbara



  3. Jack B. Martin

    Boyd Associate Professor of English & Linguistics

    The College of William & Mary

    (757) 221-3906


  4. Eric W. Campbell

    Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

    University of California, Santa Barbara


  5. Kim Walden

    Cultural Director, Chitimacha Cultural Department

    Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

    (337) 923-9923


  6. Marion K. Bittinger

    Director, Endangered Language Program

    Rosetta Stone

    (540) 248-3310