Language Sciences Initiative

UBC is a centre for ground-breaking research and education in the science of language that together enable positive impacts in society.  UBC Language Sciences facilitates collaborations that advance our understanding of how language shapes our individual and collective human experience.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Social Media Mining, Arabic
Asselin, Marlene Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Language Acquisition and Development, International Development, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), early literacy, literacy and international development, libraries and education
Babel, Molly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Phonetics, Recognition of Speech, Perception and Representation, Acoustics, Dialects, speech perception, acoustics of speech production, spoken word recognition, phonetic variation
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) logic; probability; analogical reasoning, Philosophy of science, decision theory
Bedke, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Foundations of Ethics, Social Organization and Political Systems, Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice, metaethics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, epistemology
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) Language Acquisition and Development, Language Acquisition, Understanding and Production Mechanisms, Perception and Representation, Infant / Child Development, Cognition and Language
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Language Contact and Linguistic Changes, Language Interactions, Linguistic Variation and Society, Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, ethnography, language ideologies, Language and identity
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) Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Teaching and Learning Systems, bilingualism, French immersion, Language Assessment, Intercultural communication, reading
Bowers, Katherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Technologies, Arts and Literary Policies, Russian literature, Russian culture, literary culture, genre, narrative, imagined geography, the novel, Dostoevsky, gothic fiction
Boyd, Lara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration, Stroke, Learning and Memory, Physiology, Motor learning, Motor System, Learning, Neurophysiology
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) 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) Cognition, Sensation and Perception, attention, action kinematics, social perception
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
Frackman, Kyle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Arts and Literary Policies, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Technologies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Cultural Industries, Sexuality, Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.), Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, German studies, queer studies, Gender Studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect, Media, history of sexuality, history of science
Giaschi, Deborah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Vision, Visual System, Sensation and Perception, Eye and Visual System Diseases, Infant / Child Development, 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) Phonology, Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology
Hamlin, Kiley Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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) Phonology, Morphology, 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
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) Hearing Disorders, Aging Process, Quality of Life and Aging, Recognition of Speech, Auditory System, Interpersonal Communication, hearing aids, Aging, audiology, hearing health, amplification
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, molecular biology, Chromatin Biology
Kubota, Ryuko Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Language Rights and Policies, language education, multicultural education, culture and language, race and language teaching, language ideologies, critical applied linguistics
Li, Guofang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) longitudinal studies of immigrant children
MacLean, Karon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Information Systems, human-computer interaction, haptic interfaces, human-robot interaction, design of user interfaces
Malakaj, Ervin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, German studies, German Film Studies, German Media Studies, German Media History, Queer Theory and Queer Studies, Feminist and Queer Film Historiography, Critical Pedagogy
Margolis, Eric Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy of mind, cognitive sciences, developmental origins of human conceptual system, relationship between language and thought, exaplanation of distinctively human cognition