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I Ulu I Ke KumuThe Hawaiinuiakea Monograph$
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M. Puakea Nogelmeier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780984566600

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780984566600.001.0001

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No ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: He mau kuana‘ike mai nā nūpepa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i mai

No ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: He mau kuana‘ike mai nā nūpepa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i mai

(p.45) No ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: He mau kuana‘ike mai nā nūpepa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i mai
I Ulu I Ke Kumu

Kawena Komeiji

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reprints a paper that was written for a Hawaiian Studies class (HAW 615, “Kuanaʻike”) under the instruction of Laiana Wong and features some of the newspaper conversations that took place from 1857 to 1928, showcasing various perspectives on language and language change. It argues that change is inevitable in any language, including English, in which new terms were invented to accommodate new ideas and technologies such as the internet, e-mail, and MP3 players. This is also true for ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, a language that continues to evolve with changing times. The chapter asks how much change is too much by focusing on how issues arising from this question were addressed by Hawaiian-language newspapers in the past.

Keywords:   language change, Hawaiian Studies, Laiana Wong, language, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian newspapers

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