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 […]

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 […]