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 […]

Congratulations — Outstanding Dissertation

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.

Computational Linguistics at the Vancouver Summer Program

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 […]

St’at’imcets Narratives volume by Carl Alexander

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 […]

Three new PhDs!

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” […]