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
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
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) bilingualism, second language acquisition, language development, literacy, ESL children, children at risk of language difficulties, language disorders in bilingual children and adults, Second language acquisition; language development and language learning difficulties of bilingual children
Matthewson, Lisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Linguistics; Semantics; Austronesian languages; Cross-linguistic variation and universals; Salish languages; Semantic fieldwork; Tsimshianic languages
McGrenere, Joanna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Computer and information sciences; computer science; computer supported cooperative work (CSCW); human-computer interaction; interactive technologies for older users and people with cognitive disorders; personalized user interfaces; universal usability
Mole, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophical issues that arise from the attempt to understand the mind scientifically, aesthetics of literature
Moore, Patrick Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Anthropological linguistics, languages of North America, sub-Arctic ethnography, ethno-history, gender, First Nations Languages, Literacy and Orality, Oral Traditions, Dene (Athbaskan Languages and Cultures), Codeswitching, Gender, Indigenous Activism, and the Anthropology of Media
Muehlmann, Shaylih Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environmental politics, linguistic anthropology, drug trafficking, indigeneity, water scarcity, the anthropology of the awkward, US-Mexico borderlands, Mexico
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, language acquisition, mathematics, perception of time and space, psychophysics, visual cognition, preschoolers, confidence, statistics
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
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
Small, Jeff Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Acquired language and cognitive communication disorders, including dementia and aphasia; adult language processing/psycholinguistics
Small, Susan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pediatric audiology
Stickles, Elise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) English language; Mental Representation; grammar; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Imagery; Symbolism; Gestural, Verbal Communications; Public Communication; Data mining
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; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health 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-Heinrichs, 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, 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
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
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.
Zhao, Jiaying Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Behavior Change; Cognitive Science; Environment and Society; Poverty; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Public Policy; Socio-Economic Conditions; sustainability