Life in the UBC Linguistics Department isn’t just about individual research projects and classes—it’s about forging connections with a diverse group of people, all with a passion for studying language. Find out more about us on the Faculty, Staff, Grad Student, and Community pages.
Many of the members of our department, from undergrads and grad students to post docs and faculty members, work directly with language consultants to describe, analyze, and revitalize the languages of the world. See more on the Field Methods page, the Kinkade Collection / ICSNL, and the Algonquian, Gitxsanimx, and Salish language research groups.
The Stores Road Annex building is home to an array of labs, including the Interdisciplinary Speech Research Lab, the Speech in Context Lab, the Language and Learning Lab, and the Communication Dynamics Lab.
Our faculty excel in the classroom as well as in the research arena. We are actively renewing our curriculum to stay up-to-date with the latest in pedagogical theory in general and linguistic theory in particular. Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs. We also host a Linguistic Olympiad for high schoolers!
UBC’s Department of Linguistics is known for its extensive theoretical and empirical work, including an emphasis on fieldwork in First Nations and African languages and experimental work in the production, perception, and acquisition of language. Find out more on our Research & Resources page.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Congratulatons to Dr. Molly Babel on her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, with tenure, effective July 1, 2015. Molly began her appointment at UBC as an Assistant Professor in July, 2009. She came to us with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley (2006 and 2009 respectively), and a […]
Join UBC SALSA this summer in their “Fun with Language” camps! The camp is aimed for children age 5-10. Each day will have a different focus with language-specific instruction and game-play situations making for a stimulating and challenging learning environment, as well as promoting the use of particular aspects of language, such as pronunciation, comprehension, and […]
The Department of Linguistics will be co-hosting the International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages (ICSNL) with the Simon Fraser University First Nations Language Centre from August 5-7, 2015. It is the 50th anniversary of the conference, and we already have an outstanding line-up of invited speakers who have all made important contributions to the […]
Congratulations are due to Linguistics PhD student Zoe Wai-Man Lam, who won both first place AND the people’s choice award at the UBC-wide “Three-Minute Thesis” competition for her dissertation, “Perception of Lexical Tones by Heritage Speakers of Cantonese.” Her co-supervisors are Dr. Douglas Pulleyblank and Dr. Kathleen Currie Hall. Zoe was in fact the only Humanities […]
Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork, edited by Ryan Bochnak and our own Lisa Matthewson, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The book also features contributions by UBC’s Meagan Louie and Strang Burton, and alumna Carrie Gillon! Click here for more information!
Recent PhD graduate Heather Bliss has been making headlines in November. She was honoured in Ottawa for being a finalist for the SSHRC Talent Awards and is featured in the UBC news for her work on saving endangered languages. Congratulations to Heather and to her supervisor, Dr. Martina Wiltschko!
Kudos to Lisa Matthewson and the UBC Linguistics Flexible Learning Team for hosting a fantastic workshop on ways in which “flexible learning” techniques can be integrated into large classes. If you missed it, here’s a link to a video of the presentation and discussion: http://flexible.learning.ubc.ca/showcase/tcmt-1/ Featuring faculty members Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann, Martina Wiltschko, and Henry Davis; […]
UBC’s new director of the FNLG program, Mark Turin, will be hosting a two-part BBC Radio 4 series, “On Language Location,” starting next week. The episodes cover the languages of Bhutan (Monday 20 October) and Burma/Myanmar (Monday 27 October).The podcasts will be available online after they are broadcast through the series website:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lpsbz
SSHRC has just released the names of its top three finalists for the Impact Talent Award, and recent UBC Linguistics alum Heather Bliss is one of them! This is an outstanding achievement — congratulations, Heather! “The annual Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements from outstanding researchers, students and research partners in social sciences and humanities […]