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Daniel W. Hieber

PhD Candidate in Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

I am a graduate student in linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I focus on the documentation, description, and revitalization of languages in the U.S. Southeast and East Africa, with an eye towards advancing linguistic theory.

I work primarily with Chitimacha, a language isolate once spoken in Louisiana and now being revived by the Chitimacha Tribe based on archival materials, and Ékegusií (a.k.a. Kisii), an underdocumented and endangered Bantu language of western Kenya.

Prior to graduate school, I was a linguist with the software company Rosetta Stone, where I worked in their Endangered Language Program to create language-learning software for the Chitimacha, Navajo, Iñupiaq, Inuttitut, and Mohawk languages. I received my B.A. in linguistics from The College of William & Mary in 2008.


  • –present
    PhD candidate in Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2011–2013
    Associate Researcher, Rosetta Stone, Research Labs
  • 2008–2011
    Editor, Rosetta Stone, Endangered Language Program
  • 2004–2008
    B.A. in Linguistics, The College of William & Mary

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Graduate Research Fellowship
    Primary investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA)
  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
  • Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT)
  • Association of Contemporary African Linguistics (ACAL)
  • Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL)


National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow