Department of Linguistics

The UBC Linguistics Department has high-quality and very lively graduate programs in linguistics; the Ph.D. program also offers an interdisciplinary stream in cognitive systems. Our students are actively engaged in research from the moment they enter the department, and they have an excellent track record of publishing and presenting their work at national and international conferences. We welcome applications from outstanding students who want to do research in the areas that define our department’s unique profile. 

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Social Media Mining, Arabic
Babel, Molly Phonetics, Recognition of Speech, Perception and Representation, Acoustics, Dialects, speech perception, acoustics of speech production, spoken word recognition, phonetic variation
Davis, Henry Thomas First Nations languages
Dechaine, Rose-Marie 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
Gick, Bryan 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
Hall, Kathleen Phonology, Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology
Hansson, Gunnar Phonology, Morphology, theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic
Hudson Kam, Carla 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
Matthewson, Lisa Semantics, Salish languages, Tsimshianic languages, Austronesian languages, Cross-linguistic variation and universals, Semantic fieldwork
Morzycki, Marcin Semantics, syntax, and their interface, grammar of modification, degree modifiers, nonrestrictive modification, measure phrases, modification of quantifiers, adverbial modification, expressive meaning, semantic restrictions on modifier order, knowledge of meaning
Pulleyblank, Douglas Phonology, Morphology, African languages, Yoruba
Rullmann, Hotze Semantics
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Natural Language Processing, NLP for morphologically complex languages, Morphological tagging, Parsing, Computational phonology and morphology, Deep Learning for NLP, Structured Prediction, Computational Semantics, Morphologically Complex Languages, Computational Linguistics
Soskuthy, Marton language change, Computational modeling, Statistics, Phonetics, Cognitive systems
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Phonology, Language Acquisition, Constraint-based grammars, Lexical avoidance, U-shaped development, L2 production and perception in childhood, Prosodic processing with cochlear implants, Shitgibbons