My research foci are historical linguistics, language typology, and language documentation and conservation. I also conduct research on Hawaiian Creole English (Hawai’i Pidgin) and the linguistics of writing systems and numeral systems. Other interests include animacy hierachies, inverse voice, and ethnomusicology language documentation.

In 2022, I co-edited The MIT Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management (MIT Press Open) with Dr. Andrea Berez-Kroeker (PI), Dr. Bradley McDonnell, and Dr. Lauren Collister. I also co-authored Language Nests with undergraduate student co-authors (Oxford University Press), and “A linguistic look at the Hopewell: the archaeology and historical linguistics of ancient North America” in Language Change and Linguistic Diversity: Studies in Honour of Lyle Campbell (Edinburgh University Press).

Publications up until 2017 are under the name Eve Okura. Publications from 2018 on are under Eve Okura Koller or Eve Koller. My ORCiD ID is:


Heaton, Raina; Eve Okura Koller; and Lyle Campbell. 2020. Women’s contributions in early American Indian linguistics. In Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Helena Sanson (eds.), Women in the History of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pérez Báez, Gabriela; Rachel Vogel; and Eve Okura Koller. 2018. 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


Koller, Eve Okura. 2019. All about that base: A linguistic typological study of the parameters of base numerals in the world’s languages. 13th Conference for the Association for Linguistic Typology. Sep 4, 2019. Pavia, Italy.

Koller, Eve. 2018. Historical linguistics, archaeology, and the role of Central Algonquian in Pre-European contact languages of North America. Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. January 2018. Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

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.


Koller, Eve. 2018. A typology of ancient Afroasiatic writing systems in North Africa. North Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL). June 2, 2018. California State University, Long Beach, United States.

Berez-Kroeker, Andrea; Andreassen, Helene; Gawne, Lauren; and Koller, Eve Okura. 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. 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)