Congratulations to Bryan Gick, Newly Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor Bryan Gick, who was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Gick introduces himself here: and the full RSC press release can be found here. Bryan Gick’s pioneering work uncovering the basic mechanisms of spoken language is remarkable for its originality, impact and breadth. He has made […]

Festschrift in Honour of Henry Davis

We’re excited to announce that the festschrift in honour of Henry Davis‘ 60th birthday has been released! “Wa7 xweysás i nqwal’úttensa i ucwalmícwa: He loves the people’s languages” is a collection of essays inspired by the research and mentorship of Henry Davis, edited by Lisa Matthewson, Erin Guntly, Marianne Huijsmans, and Michael Rochemont. Much of […]

In Memoriam: Michael Rochemont

It is with great sadness and disbelief that I have to share with the world that Michael Rochemont passed away peacefully on July 3rd 2018.  On behalf of the Department of Linguistics I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to those he left behind who loved him so dearly. It is too soon for us […]

Congrats 2018 Grads!

Congratulations to all the 2018 Linguistics and Speech Science graduates. Many of our students were nominated as Outstanding Student Leaders and celebrated in March, and graduation was in May. We were especially delighted to have Linguistics Major Kalim Kassam selected as the student representative and speaker at the ceremony! Congratulations to the graduates and all […]

LSURC Award Winners

The second annual Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (LSURC) was held January 19-20, 2018. Congratulations to all of the organizers and presenters, and especially to the winners of the presentation awards: Best Oral Presentation Award: Lydia Rhi: Perception Study of Strong and Weak Imperatives in English Dimitri Prica: “No” she said, nodding: Is there a multimodal advantage in […]

New Publication: WSCLA 21

The Working Papers in Linguistics is happy to announce our newest volume, containing papers presented at the 21st Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas, in 2016. The papers can be found at

Retirement: Edna Dharmaratne

We wish Edna all the best in her retirement — having had Edna as the backbone of our department for several decades, we’re not quite sure what we’ll do without her!   See our Facebook page for more photos!

Sad news: Dr. Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that our friend and colleague, Dr. Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, passed away on May 30th, 2017. As a teacher, researcher, writer, lab director, collaborator, administrator, supervisor, and mentor, he has deeply influenced all of our lives in many ways. Our department has lost a dear member […]

New book: Sqwéqwel’s Nelh Skelkekla7lhkálha: Tales of Our Elders

The latest book from the UBC Occasional Papers in Linguistics is now available for purchase and download! Sqwéqwel’s Nelh Skelkekla7lhkálha: Tales of Our Elders features 15 stories told by well-known Upper St’át’imcets speakers Bill Edwards, Martina LaRochelle and Sam Mitchell, as recorded in the 1970s by linguists Jan van Eijk and Aert Kuipers. The […]

Guggenheim Fellow!

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 […]