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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

“The new grammar book is a practical tool not only for students of Hawaiian language,” said HPU Dean of International Studies Dr. Carlos Juárez, “but also for linguists and students in HPU’s teaching English as a second language (TESL) programs who study all aspects of linguistics.”

Because Pocket Hawaiian Grammar is written in dictionary form, it is easy for students and professional linguists to find explanations of grammatical terms (both Hawaiian and English), major sentence patterns, and grammatical markers.

The authors explain terms relating to the sounds of Hawaiian, and they include a guide to pronunciation. This new resource includes examples and references to nearly 80 works spanning more than a century of study of the Hawaiian language.

“ I decided to help write this book,” said Kanada, who is also chair of modern languages at HPU, “to provide a useful aid for those studying the Hawaiian language, who invariably have many questions about the grammar.” With the new book, he continued, “The student or researcher is able to find a plethora of information all in one place.”

“ Pocket Hawaiian Grammar includes observations that go back to the mid-19th century,” added Cook. “The reader is given a historical perspective on how grammatical topics have been described through the years.”

Kanada joined HPU in 1993 and teaches all levels of Hawaiian and Japanese. He studied at Hiroshima University on a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship, focusing on Japanese and Okinawan dialects. Kanada earned his B.A. in Japanese language, his M.A. in East Asian languages and literatures, and a certificate in Indo-Pacific languages from UH-Manoa.

Cook joined HPU in 1988 and has taught English as a second language (ESL); Spanish; and syntax, phonology, and semantics in HPU’s TESL programs. He has earned fellowships from the Japan Society, for the Promotion of Science, and from the University of California.

Cook earned his B.A. in Spanish and his M.A. in linguistics from California State University at Long Beach, and his doctorate in linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to English, Dr. Cook speaks Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Hawaiian, and Samoan. He has taught ESL in Guatemala and Japan.




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