Where can a degree in linguistics / speech science take you? We’ve illustrated some of the options below — stay tuned for text coming soon describing these opportunities in more detail! Go to http://linguistics.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2016/06/ling_tree_2-1.pdf for a larger version!
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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Congratulations to our current department head, Dr. Bryan Gick, on being selected as a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow! “As a Guggenheim Fellow, Dr. Gick will work with top interdisciplinary experts developing and extending his body-based approach to speech, with the goal of deepening links between biomechanics, the nervous system, the digestive system and the evolution of […]
Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Littell, whose 2016 dissertation “Focus, predication, and polarity in Kwak’wala” (supervised by Dr. Hotze Rullmann) has been chosen by UBC as a finalist for the national competition for the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies’ Distinguished Dissertation Award.
The UBC Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four week academic program offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada for cohorts of international students to study at UBC. The program provides the opportunity for cooperating universities to organize groups of students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties while learning about Canadian […]
The UBC Occasional Papers in Linguistics is very pleased to announce the publication of Sqwéqwel’ Múta7 Sptakwlh, a volume of 18 narratives by Carl Alexander in St’át’imcets (Lillooet Salish), with accompanying English translation and interlinear gloss. The volume is now available for purchase and download: the .pdf and accompanying audio files may be downloaded without […]
Congratulations to Blake Allen, Scott Mackie, and Jennifer Glougie, who all successfully defended their PhDs in September. Blake: “Bayesian models of learning and generating inflectional morphology” (Supervisor: Doug Pulleyblank) Scott: “Simulating the Evolution of Consonant Inventories” (Supervisor: Gunnar Hansson) Jennifer: “The semantics and pragmatics of English evidential expressions: The expression of evidentiality in police interviews” […]
Congratulations to our current PhD student Marianne Huijsmans, who is the 2016 recipient of The Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for her M.A. thesis, completed at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Dr. Martha McGinnis-Archibald. For her M.A. thesis, Marianne investigated the grammar of SENĆOŦEN, a Salish language spoken by the Saanich First […]
We give a hearty congratulations to Aidan Pine, who is the recipient of the 2016 “Outstanding Leader” award for “Academic Contribution to the Faculty of Arts.” Aidan’s award was announced last week at the Dean of Arts reception for graduating students who have made exceptional contributions to their program, faculty, UBC and the community. You […]
Congratulations to Rose-Marie Déchaine, who has been appointed as the Chair of the African Studies Minor program! The African Studies Minor program at UBC was initiated in 2005 in response to students’ aspiration to connect UBC more closely with the African continent. The program is designed to provide students with an excellent opportunity to learn more […]
The 2015 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2015) will in be held in Vancouver on October 9–11, 2015, jointly organized by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. The conference will take place at the UBC Robson Square facility in downtown Vancouver. Invited speakers: Ryan Bennett (Yale University) Ellen Kaisse (University of Washington) Kie Zuraw (University of California, Los Angeles) For more information, please […]