2017W – Term 2
(This is a student-directed seminar)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 PM in BUCHANAN D213

This seminar focuses on a group of Oxford intellectual scholars from a variety of disciplines, most notably J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, Roger Lancelyn Green and W. H. Auden, who met between WWI-WWII. This group of intellectuals, many of whom have had a great impact on Western culture, were invested in the same antiquated language, fashions and lore which inspired Victorian medieval revivalists such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and William Morris.  Tolkien was hired as a lexicographer when he returned from the front in WWI, and he contributed significantly to the formation of the Oxford English Dictionary; some of his etymologies and definitions are still cited in the online OED. Words and their origins were integral to Tolkien’s scholarship and mythos, and many have retained complex cultural associations since the migration of Germanic-speaking peoples to the British Isles, in the first millennium A.D. Arthurian legends, as retold by Roger Lancelyn Green, righteous war in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and the wargs, orcs, and Elven tribes of Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are all part of a shared, Western cultural history, which these scholars sought to preserve during the chaos of both world wars. Language, and its shared etymologies, was integral to building those worlds, and word-origins illuminate some of the cultural nuances within their narratives. Subliminal allusions or parallels to race, imperialism, and inter-war politics can be read within the Inklings’ works, inviting discussions over the destructive (or restorative) powers of a nationalistic mythology.

The Inkling corpus, for both historical and cultural reasons, has been incredibly influential in the English literary and theological canon, both of which need to be re-evaluated in academia. We will be reading some of the Inklings’ lesser-known works, and a prior familiarity with C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia as well as Tolkien’s LOTR is encouraged.

More information is available at this link: Student Directed Seminars
And also at the course blog.


The 2nd Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (LSURC) is set to take place January 19-20, 2018 at the University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus in Vancouver, BC. As a student-run conference, we aim to bring together interdisciplinary work in language and communication.To find out more, visit our website:

The Call for Papers is open until Dec. 1, 2017. 

Eligible presenters are:

  • conducting research on any topic related to language or communication; and
  • either (a) current undergraduate students, (b) recent graduates from an undergraduate program; or (c) current first-year Master’s students.

On behalf of the Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference Committee






The UBC Tandem Language Learning Program is a free and completely student-run initiative. This fall 2015 semester, over 830 UBC students, faculty and staff applied to the progam. The structure of UBC tandem is as follows: participants that wish to practice a language are paired up with someone who speaks this language and at the same time wants to improve in the language the first person speaks. Pairs meet for a total of 9 or 10 weeks for 1.5 hours every week, either at facilitated sessions or independently. In both cases, participants are supported with suggested activities and conversation topics from the UBC tandem Guidebook, as well as by the guidance of trained Tandem UBC Volunteer Facilitators. In fact, Tiffany Doe, Major in Speech Sciences and Minor in Asian Language and Cutlure, is one of the facilitators of the program! Visit the Tandem Language Learning Program website to find out more.



Welcome to the Department of Linguistics! Your Advisors invite you to meet with them for a one-on-one advising session where you can discuss your program in Linguistics or Speech Sciences and ask any questions you may have about courses and planning your Major. Please contact Wendy Trigg at or Hotze Rullmann at to arrange a time. We look forward to meeting you!


“Linguistics in Industry” video

At the LSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting, linguists from Google, Microsoft, Lexicon Branding, and other leading companies spoke about their work and gave advice to students interested in pursuing an industry career.

A video of this panel has been recorded and posted to the LSA website, where it is available to watch for all members of the Linguistic Society of America. More information and a video link can be found at:



1) Please remember to read the “COMMENTS” section associated with every course for important information (e.g., This is where you find out if a course is not offered in a particular Session.)

2) LING 447 can be repeated for credit toward an Honours/Major in Linguistics or an Honours/Major in Speech Sciences. However, the first time it is taken it MUST count as the “Capstone Course” requirement.

3) Regularly check your progress toward completing your degree requirements on Degree Navigator.

4) Linguistics Honours & Major students: The Linguistics Language Requirement is in addition to the BA Language Requirement.