Language Sciences Institute

The Langauge Sciences Institute aims to connect scholars, teachers, and researchers working in all areas of the language sciences, to create collaborations that produce and support innovative research. Members span fields, disciplines, faculties, and institutions. Projects funded by Language Sciences have explored promoting multilingual literacy for young Canadians through online storybooks, the effects of vibrating devices on speech intelligibility, how opera training may sculpt our brains, how language might affect patient well-being, and much more. The institute strives to communicate its members’ work to many audiences: researchers, students, institutions, communities, and the general public.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Artificial intelligence (AI); Deep Learning; Natural Language Processing; Machine Learning; Computational Linguistics; Social Media Mining; Arabic
Asselin, Marlene Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Children's literatures; Other languages and literature; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); early literacy; International development; Language Acquisition and Development; libraries and education; literacy and international development
Babel, Molly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics; Phonetics; Recognition of Speech; Perception and Representation; Acoustics; Dialects; acoustics of speech production; phonetic variation; speech perception; spoken word recognition
Bailey, Anthony Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurobiological basis of autistic disorders, using genetic, neuropathological and neuroimaging approaches
Ballarin, Roberta Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophical logic, nature and sources of necessity
Baron, Andrew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) cognitive development, infancy, childhood, adolescence, racism, race, stereotypes, cooperation, bias, innateness, science education, multiculturalism, gender, ethnicity, neuromarketing, attitudes, preferences, psychology
Bartha, Paul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy of sciences and technologies; Environmental philosophy; philosophy of science; Philosophy of Probability; Confirmation; Decision Theory
Bedke, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Foundations of Ethics; Social Organization and Political Systems; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; epistemology; ethics; metaethics; philosophy of law; political philosophy
Birch, Susan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social perspective taking, social learning, social cognition, imitation, nonverbal behavior, confidence, communication, decision-making, impression formation, child development My primary area of expertise is the study of children and adults’ social perspective taking abilities (i.e., their abilities to reason about other peoples’ mental states–their intentions, knowledge, and beliefs) and how their abilities to take another person’s perspective impacts how they form impressions of others, learn from others, communicate with others, and informs a range of socials. Of particular interest is a) how children make inferences about what is credible information to learn (e.g., how they decide whether someone is a credible source of information based on how confident that person seems) and b) how a widespread bias in perspective taking referred to as ‘the curse of knowledge bias’ (a difficulty reasoning about a more naive perspective as the result of being biased by one’s current knowledge) can impair communication (both written and in person) and decision-making across a range of fields (politics, law, education, economics, medicine, etc.)., Development of language, learning, and social understanding in infants and children
Black, Alexis Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognitive sciences
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Humanities and the arts; Sociolinguistics; Linguistic Anthropology; ethnography; language ideologies; Language and identity; migration; Language variation and change; Language contact; Creole languages
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) machine/statistical learning; mathematical side of the subject as well as in applications in linguistics and biology
Bournot-Trites, Monique Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Specialized studies in education; Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Teaching and Learning Systems; bilingualism; French immersion; Intercultural communication; Language Assessment; reading
Bowers, Katherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology and social studies of science and technology; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Arts and Literary Policies; Dostoevsky; genre; gothic fiction; imagined geography; literary culture; narrative; Russian culture; Russian literature; the novel
Boyd, Lara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Learning; Learning and Memory; Motor System; Motor learning; Neurophysiology; Physiology; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; stroke
Brinton, Laurel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Modern English Grammar, History of the English Language, English Usage, English Dictionaries, Pragmatics of English, Discourse Markers, Language Change, Computers and Language Study, History of English
Cannon, Joanna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Special Education and Social Adaptation; Teacher Education; Educational Approaches; Speech and Language Development Disorders; Language Acquisition and Development; Cognition and Language; Literacy Training; Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with complex language or cognitive needs
Carenini, Giuseppe Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Artificial intelligence, user modeling, decision theory, machine learning, social issues in computing, computational linguistics, information visualization
Casas Aguilar, Anna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Spanish Cultural Studies; Catalan Literature and Culture; Gender Studies; Masculinities; Feminisms; Self-writing; Hispanic Cinemas
Ciocca, Valter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Auditory System; Perception and Representation; Recognition of Speech; Speech and Language Development Disorders; Auditory grouping of speech and non-speech sounds, also known as "auditory scene analysis"; perception and production of normal and disordered speech
Colozzo, Paola Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Developmental language disorders; language and cognition; discourse, assessment and intervention for children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
Dancygier, Barbara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics, grammar
Davis, Henry Thomas Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) First Nations languages
de Villiers, Jessica Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Native American languages; Algonquian language family, Cree, Blackfoot, Ojibwe; French / English bilingualism policy; formal linguistics; generative grammar (Chomsky); West African languages (Niger-Congo, Yoruba, Igbo, Edo); Nigerian languages; literacy vs. oralcy; language planning re: French, Indigenous languages, Speech/gesture coordination, syntactic interface relations
Dollinger, Stefan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) English language; Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Linguistic Variation and Society; Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Interactions; Language Rights and Policies; Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Duff, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Adolescent Issues; Adult Education Issues; English as a Second Language; French and Second Languages; International Perspectives; language education; Literacy; Multiple Literacies
Early, Margaret Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Adolescent issues, English as a second Language, language education, literacy, teacher research
Enns, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Behavioural neuroscience of reward and motivation; attention; action kinematics; social perception; perceptual development
Fels, S Sidney Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human computer interaction, human 3D biomechanical modeling, speech synthesis, medical applications of modeling, computer vision, interactive arts and music
Field, Thalia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) stroke; Clinical trials; cerebral venous thrombosis; outcomes; cognition; Machine Learning
Frackman, Kyle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cinema studies; Film, television and digital media; affect; Artistic and Literary Marginality; Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles; Artistic and Literary Theories; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Literary Policies; Arts and Technologies; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Cultural Industries; East Germany; film; Gender Studies; German studies; history of science; history of sexuality; Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; literature; Media; Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); queer studies; Scandinavia; sexuality; sexuality studies; Social Determinants of Arts and Letters
Giaschi, Deborah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other health sciences; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; amblyopia; reading
Gick, Bryan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) phonetics, speech science, speech motor control, speech perception, multimodal perception, tactile perception, ultrasound imaging of speech, sounds of the world’s languages, Physical mechanisms of speech production, speech research
Griffin, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Greek philosophy, Ancient philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus, Neoplatonism, Ancient logic
Gunderson, Lee Paul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) ESL, multiculturalism
Hall, David Geoffrey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Lexical and conceptual development, semantic development, language acquisition
Hall, Kathleen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics; Phonology; Phonetics; Laboratory Phonology
Hamlin, Kiley Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Psychology and cognitive sciences; Cognitive development; Moral Judgement and Duty or Obligation Morals; Infant / Child Development; Foundations of Religious, Mystical, Mythical and Moral Thoughts; Infant moral cognition; infant social cognition
Hansson, Gunnar Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistic structures (including grammar, phonology, lexicon and semantics); Cognitive sciences; theoretical phonology; morphology-phonology interface; phonological typology; historical linguistics (language change); locality relations; Icelandic
Herdman, Anthony Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Auditory System; Visual System; Audiovisual, Visual, Audio and Written Communications; Electrophysiology; Language and Cognitive Processes; Neuroimaging Methods (EEG/MEG); Central auditory processing; Auditory and visual perecptions related to reading acquisition (1st and 2nd languages); Brain computer interface
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Voice and Opera
Hinnell, Jennifer Postdoctoral Fellow Discourse and pragmatics; gesture; Linguistics; language use; post-truth discourse; Multimodality; corpus linguistics; cognitive linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics
Howe, Tami Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Acquired language disorders, aphasia
Hudson Kam, Carla Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Language development, second language acquisition, critical periods for learning, input and language learning, language learning and language change, Psychology, First and second language acquisition, gesture and language learning, language contact and language change
Jenstad, Lorienne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other health sciences; hearing aids; Aging; audiology; hearing health; amplification
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Chromatin Biology; Epigenetics; molecular biology; Social Epigenetics
Kubota, Ryuko Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Specialized studies in education; critical applied linguistics; culture and language; Language Rights and Policies; language education; language ideologies; multicultural education; race and language teaching
Li, Guofang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) longitudinal studies of immigrant children
MacLean, Karon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Computer and information sciences; Information Systems; design of user interfaces; haptic interfaces; human-computer interaction; human-robot interaction