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Daniel W. Hieber

Graduate Student in Linguistics

Santa Barbara, California
Higher Education
  1. UC Santa Barbara
  1. Rosetta Stone,
  2. College of William and Mary,
  3. Domino's Pizza
  1. University of California, Santa Barbara

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UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara

Graduate Fellow

– Present

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I am a graduate fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in linguistics. My foci are the study of crosslinguistic diversity, and the documentation of underdescribed languages in North America and East Africa.

Previously, I worked for five years as a linguist with Rosetta Stone, based in based in Harrisonburg, VA. As part of their Endangered Language Program, I helped create language-learning software for three endangered languages - Chitimacha, Navajo, and Inupiaq. I also worked as a researcher in the Rosetta Stone Labs.

Before starting work at Rosetta Stone, I received my B.A. in Linguistics & Philosophy from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2008.


Graduate Fellow

UC Santa Barbara
– Present (1 year 5 months)

Pursuing my Ph.D. in Linguistics, focusing on the documentation of understudied languages and crosslinguistic diversity.

Content Editor

Rosetta Stone
(1 year 3 months)

Created content for Rosetta Stone's commercial language products.

Associate Researcher

Rosetta Stone
(1 year)Harrisonburg, VA

Researched methods of modeling user knowledge and designing methods of automated content creation using English corpora.

Content Editor, Endangered Language Program

Rosetta Stone
(3 years 1 month)

Designed language-learning software for endangered languages (Chitimacha, Navajo, Inupiaq).

Lab Assistant

College of William and Mary
(2 years)

Assisted students and faculty with technology needs for language-learning.

Shift Runner

Domino's Pizza
(1 year)

Was responsible for opening and closing the store, and managing insiders and drivers.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Latin Instructor

Bridgewater Homeschool Unit
(2 years 1 month)Education

Taught Latin I and II to a small group of homeschool students in my area twice a week.

Karate Instructor

Halterman Karate & Kickboxing
– Present (11 years 2 months)Children

Opportunities Daniel W. is looking for:

Causes Daniel W. cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Poverty Alleviation

Organizations Daniel W. supports:

  • Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Foundation for Economic Education
  • Wikipedia
  • College of William and Mary
  • Laissez-Faire Books
  • The Seasteading Institute

Test Scores


Score: 1480

Writing: 5.0
Verbal: 690
Math: 770


Score: 1380


Linguistic Society of America

Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation
– Present

Foundation for Endangered Languages

– Present

Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

– Present

Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

– Present

Association for Linguistic Typology

– Present

Consortium for Training in Language Documentation and Conservation

– Present

Honors & Awards

NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship

National Security Education Program

$20,000 for one year's study abroad and research in Tanzania. Declined award for study in Kenya instead.

Additional Honors & Awards

National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship


Why Do Languages Die?(Link)

Ludwig von Mises Institute
January 2012

Why do languages die? This is a question that troubles many linguists, but one which we still lack really solid theories for answering. My own approach to the matter focuses on the incentives put in place by the nation-state, and how the existence of the nation-state itself is antithetical to language diversity. I take a praxeological approach, following Ludwig von Mises, which aims to understand the actions of individuals and the choices they make in accordance with the incentives presented to them.

This article tackles this very hoary question of how languages die. I argue that, while economic reasons exist for language death, they are largely secondary to the institutionalized way in which the state interrupts the process of intergenerational transmission. The article is published on, the online arm of the Mises Institute, an organization dedicated to the advancement of Austrian economics.

Language and the Socialist-Calculation Problem(Link)

Ludwig von Mises Institute
September 2010

I argue that governments necessarily incentivize bad language policy and support fewer languages rather than more. In economics, this inability to create policies that accurately address the needs of its citizens is called the socialist-calculation problem.


The College of William and Mary

  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Language Typology
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Meaning & Understanding in Western Thought
  • History of the English Language
  • Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • Syntax I
  • Syntax II
  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Semantics
  • Language & Society

James Madison University

  • Linguistic Anthropology

School for International Training

  • Advanced Swahili II
  • Language Change & Variation in Swahili
  • Code-Switching in Mombasa Swahili

Linguistic Institute 2011

  • Introduction to Computational Linguistics
  • Canonical Typology
  • Syntax & Typology
  • Approaches to Variation and Gradience in Lexical Categories


  1. Swahili

  2. Spanish

  3. Latin


Chitimacha Dictionary(Link)

– Present

A dictionary of the Chitimacha language, being produced for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, and based on fieldwork done by linguist Morris Swadesh between 1934-1940.


  • Professional Audio
  • Lexicography
  • SQL
  • Editing
  • Microsoft Office
  • ELAN
  • Praat
  • Fieldworks Language...
  • Writing
  • Speed Reading
  • Typing
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Proofreading
  • Translation
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Language Documentation...
  • JavaScript
  • Wordpress
  • HTML
  • HTML 5
  • CSS
  • CSS3
  • MySQL
  • Regular Expressions
  • LaTeX
  • BibTeX
  • Creative Writing
  • Content Management
  • WordPress
  • Content Development
  • Blogging
  • Copy Editing
  • Natural Language...
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University of California, Santa Barbara

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Linguistics

Linguistic Institute 2011


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