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Learn more about language rights and Pidgin in contemporary Hawai‘i…

SLS 130
About the Instructor

Micah Mizukami was born and raised on the island of Kauaʻi, where he grew up hearing lots of Pidgin. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies and works in the Department of Ethnic Studies Center for Oral History. He is interested in the connection between narratives, identity, and rapport building.

For inquiries: mhmizuka@hawaii.edu

Midsummer (online)
6/14-7/23

This course invites students to learn about language rights through an introduction to Pidgin, the creole language of Hawai‘i. Weʻll examine how Pidgin is used across a number of social domains, including education, media, face-to-face communication, creative expression, and other real-world contexts. The course frequently compares how speakers of Pidgin and Hawaiian experience language rights, and invites students to learn more about language ideologies, language discrimination, and multilingualism.

Through documenting and analyzing Pidgin and Hawaiian on signs in our communities and studying examples of language in the media, students will gain an appreciation of local culture and learn more about the languages spoken in Hawaiʻi.

Fulfills the general education requirement: H

Updated 03/23/2021