Emanuel J. Drechsel








Picture: Courtesy Gail Mijo

Emanuel J. Drechsel, Ph.D., Advisor and Professor (retired)


Interdisciplinary Studies, Hawai‘I Hall 110, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA; drechsel@hawaii.edu

Areas of Academic Interest:

Pidgin and creole studies, historical sociolinguistics, and ethnohistory with a focus on North America and the Pacific; history of linguistics, anthropology, and the social sciences


Selected Major Publications:

Native American Contact Languages of the Contiguous United States. Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas, ed. by Stephen A. Wurm, Peter Mühlhäusler, and Darrell T. Tryon. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1996, 1213-1239 and Map 128

An Integrated Vocabulary of Mobilian Jargon, a Native American Pidgin of the Mississippi Valley. Anthropological Linguistics 38 (1996): 248-354

Mobilian Jargon: Linguistic and Sociohistorical Aspects of a Native American Pidgin. (Oxford Studies in Language Contact.) Oxford: Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press, 1997 (see  http://global.oup.com/academic/product/mobilian-jargon-9780198240334?q=Mobilian%20Jargon&lang=en&cc=us)

Language Contact in the Early Colonial Pacific. Evidence for a Maritime Polynesian Jargon or Pidgin. Creole Genesis, Attitudes and Discourse, ed. by John Rickford and Suzanne Romaine. (Creole Language Library Vol. 20.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co., 1999, 71-96


Mobilian Jargon in Southeastern Indian Anthropology. Anthropologists and Indians in the New South, ed. by Rachel A. Bonney and J. Anthony Paredes. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001, 175-183

Sociolinguistic-Ethnohistorical Observations on Maritime Polynesian Pidgin in Herman Melville’s Two Major Semi-Autobiographical Novels of the Pacific. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 22 (2007): 231-261

Sociolinguistic-Ethnohistorical Observations on “Pidgin English” in Typee and Omoo. “Whole Oceans Away:” Melville and the Pacific, ed. by Jill Barnum, Wyn Kelley, and Chris Sten. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2007, 49-62

Wilhelm von Humboldt and Edward Sapir: Analogies and Homologies in Their Linguistic Thoughts. Edward Sapir, ed. by E.F.K. Koerner. (Critical Assessments of Leading Linguists.) New York: Routledge, 2007, Vol. 1, 110-139 [republication of 1988 article]

Mobilian Jargon in Historiography: An Exercise in the Ethnohistory of Speaking. Southern Anthropologist, 33 (2008): 24-36

Contacts between Native Americans and Native Hawaiians since World War II. Pacific Studies 31 (2008): 53-85

Ethnohistory of Speaking: Maritime Polynesian Pidgin in a Trilogy of Historical-Sociolinguistic Attestations. Pidgins and Creoles beyond Africa-Europe Encounters, ed. by Isabelle Buchstaller, Anders Holmberg, and Mohammad Almoaily. (Creole Language Library, Volume 47.) Amster-dam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014, 7-40

Language Contact in the Early Colonial Pacific: Maritime Polynesian Pidgin before Pidgin English. (Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (as paperback also since March 2017; see www.cambridge.org/9781107015104)

Etymological Vocabulary and English Index of Maritime Polynesian Pidgin [accompanying Language Contact in the Early Pacific and published by Cambridge University Press on line at http://www. cambridge.org/us/download_file/811732/, 2014

The Other Humboldt and “America”: Wilhelm von Humboldt and Early American Linguistics. In preparation


Current Research:

Philological and ethnohistorical research on Maritime Polynesian Pidgin

Historiographic research on Wilhelm von Humboldt as Americanist linguist