As a postdoctoral fellow, I am currently working with Dr. Andrea Berez-Kroeker and Dr. Bradley McDonnell to develop a handbook and an online course on data science management in linguistics.

My dissertation research was on language nests – a method of language revitalization involving exposing young toddlers and infants to the target endangered language in a home-like setting. For my research I visited language nests in situ worldwide, conducted interviews, conducted acquisition picture tasks with children, and performed phone and video interviews with language nest teachers and administrators as well as linguists involved in language revitalization worldwide. I graduated in May of 2017 and am conducting more interviews to add to the existing data. I am working on an article on language nests based on the dissertation and the new data to submit for publication in the near future.

Other research I am working on includes a paper on the typology of numeral systems and a paper on methods in historical linguistics and archaeology.


Heaton, Raina; Eve Okura; and Lyle Campbell. In Press. Women in the history of American Indian linguistics. In Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Helena Sanson (eds.) Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pérez Báez, Gabriela; Rachel Vogel; and Eve Okura. In Press. A global survey of revitalization programs. In Lyle Campbell and Kenneth Rehg (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, Lyle and Eve Okura Koller. 2018. New Knowledge. In Lyle Campbell and Anna Belew (eds.). Cataloguing the World’s Endangered Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. Milton Park: Routledge.

Okura, Eve. 2017. Endangerment of Language Isolates. In Lyle Campbell (ed.) Language Isolates. Routledge Language Family Series. Milton Park: Routledge.

Okura, Eve and Deryle Lonsdale. 2012. Working Memory’s meager involvement in Elicited Imitation tests. CogSci: Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Conference Proceedings. Aug. 2012. Sapporo, Japan. pdf


Camp, Amber and Okura, Eve. 2017. Voices from language nests: The realities of operating early childhood endangered language revitalization programs. Under-described Languages and Histories: Linguists’ and Historians’ Challenges. National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, National Museum of Japanese History. May 16–18, 2017. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

Okura, Eve. 2017. Explaining the typology of Arabic borrowings in Northern Berber numeral systems. Colloque International de Linguistique Berbère (International Seminar on Berber Linguistics). Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales. March 9–10, 2017. Paris, France.

Chubb, Margaret Kahtehrahkwas; Shenandoah, Emma Kawetahiho; and Okura, Eve. 2017. Tewatenweiest: Owira’neha Tsi Kanonsote — Nurturing and language learning in a Mohawk language nest. International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC). March 2–5, 2017. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

Okura, Eve. 2017. The challenge of determining origins of creole loanwords: the case of ‘shi-shi’ in Hawai‘i Pidgin. Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. January 5–8, 2017. Austin, Texas, United States.

Heaton, Raina; Okura, Eve; and Campbell, Lyle. 2016. Women in the history of American Indian linguistics. Distant and neglected voices: Women in the history of linguistics. Royal Society, British Academy. June 28–29, 2016. London, United Kingdom.

Okura, Eve. 2015. Building stable language nests: Applying linguistics to early childhood language revitalization programs. International Linguistic Association: Linguistics and Education — Honoring Franklin E. Horowitz. April 24–26, 2015. Columbia University. New York, New York, United States.

Okura, Eve. 2014. Linguistic trilateration: Identifying grammatical constraints in translating diplomatic rhetoric. International Linguistic Association: The Linguistics of Rhetoric and Debate. May 22–24, 2014. Université de Paris II; Panthéon-Assas. Paris, France.

Heaton, Raina and Okura, Eve. 2013. The Catalogue of Endangered Languages in Context. International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC). Feb 2013. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

Campbell, Lyle; Van Way, John; Lee, Nala Huaying; and Okura, Eve. 2011. The Catalogue of Endangered Languages: Phase 1. Department of Linguistics Seminar. Oct 2011. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

Okura, Eve. 2010. Di-morphemic Maya name glyphs: An assertion of political power and authority. American Name Society at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. Jan 2010. Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Okura, Eve. 2009. Na wahi pana o Hawai’i: Sacred places of Hawai’i. American Name Society at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. ANS Emerging Scholar honorable mention. Jan 2009. San Francisco, California, United States.

Conference poster presentations

Berez-Kroeker, Andrea; Andreassen, Helene; Gawne, Lauren; and Okura Koller, Eve. 2017. Data Citation in Linguistic Typology: Towards a Data Citations Standard in Linguistics: Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). December, 2017. Canberra, Australia.

Okura, Eve and Lonsdale, Deryle. 2012. Working Memory’s meager involvement in Elicited Imitation test. CogSci: Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (Poster presentation). Aug 2012. Sapporo, Japan.

The Catalogue of Endangered Languages

From 2011 to 2014 I worked as a researcher on the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) team. We collaborated with Google, the Linguist List, and scholars worldwide. Project website: (The New Yorker also briefly mentions the project here)