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
Murphy, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian history; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Religion; Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; cultural history; Early Modern Studies; Punjabi Studies; South Asian Studies
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Data mining and analysis, health informatics, text summarization, text mining
Norton, Bonny Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) education, ESL, international perspectives, literacy, teacher research
Odic, Darko Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognitive development
Pulleyblank, Douglas Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics; Phonology; Morphology; African languages; Yoruba
Rieger, Caroline Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Laughter in interaction, education for global citizenship, translation, language assessment, learning of a third language in a second language environment
Rosenblum, Daisy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) multi-modal documentation and description of indigenous languages of North America, with an emphasis on methods, partnerships, and products that contribute to community-based language revitalization
Rullmann, Hotze Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics; Semantics
Schmidt, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Machine learning; Numerical Optimizaiton; Probabilistic Graphical Models; Causality
Sena, Walter Postdoctoral Fellow Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
Simchen, Ori Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of law
Skoretz, Stacey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Dysphagia; Swallowing disorders; Artifical Airways; Mechanical ventilation; Integration of multiple systems and biomarkers during swallowing; Swallowing following artificial airway use and/or non-invasive ventilation; Cross-species conceptual frameworks of feeding and swallowing rehabilitation; Dysphagia risk profile; Early identification of dysphagia; Biomechanical and biomarker analyses; Clinical practice pattern assessment; Clinical practice guideline development for those with artificial airways
Sladen, Douglas Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; cochlear implantation among children and adults
Small, Jeff Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other health sciences; communication; Dementia; strategies; memory training; hearing loss; Accessibility; Stigma
Stickles, Elise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) English language; Mental Representation; grammar; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Imagery; Symbolism; Gestural, Verbal Communications; Public Communication; Data mining
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistic structures (including grammar, phonology, lexicon and semantics); Constraint-based grammars; L2 production and perception in childhood; Language Acquisition; Lexical avoidance; Phonology; Prosodic processing with cochlear implants; Shitgibbons; U-shaped development
Turin, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Anthropology; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Language Rights and Policies; Language Interactions; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Bella Bella; Bhutan; First Nations; Heiltsuk; Indigeneity; Nepal; Sikkim; Tibet
Werker, Janet Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Critical Periods; Language Acquisition; Language Acquisition and Development; Language and Cognitive Processes; Multisensory Processing; Plasticity; Psycholinguistics; Psychology - Biological Aspects; speech perception; Speech and Language Development Disorders
Wernicke, Meike Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Specialized studies in education; Intercultural Education; Language Planning and Policy; Multi-/Plurilingualism; Second Language Education (French); teacher education
Woodward, Todd Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognitive neuropsychiatry and functional neuroimaging
Yoon, Dongwook Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Computer and information sciences; Computer Science and Statistics; design; Educational Technologies; Augmented reality; computer supported cooperative work (CSCW); Educational technology; Human-computer interaction (HCI); Interaction and interface design; Multimodal interaction; Speech, touch, multitouch, stylus, gesture, mixed-reality, 3d interaction; Virtual Reality
Yoon, Florence Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) heralds and the representation of the absent; anonymity and naming, particularly in Greek Tragedy; props and silent characters in Greek drama
Zappa, Sandra Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) academic discourse socialization of (international) English language learners in higher education, examining the literacy socialization trajectories and the role their individual networks of practice (INoPs, a concept I coined) in becoming aware of the host culture values and expectations; projects examining the intercultural competence development of foreign language teachers studying abroad; foreign language-learning through peer exchange programs; academic English coaching for university-level English language learners; collaboration between language and subject specialists; and student perceptions of academic English language development in CBI courses.