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October 16, 2020

Online, BC V6T 1Z4

Due to current conditions with the COVID-19 outbreak, the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day will now be held online.


No other species but humans has language.

It has enabled us to create complex civilisations, technology, and culture, and affects diverse aspects of our lives. Studying language involves many diverse perspectives, backgrounds, toolkits, and approaches.  On October 16th, 2020, UBC Language Sciences will host the second Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day to showcase the work of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in these diverse fields, and this year, it will be virtual.

UBC Language Sciences is a community of scholars who research, teach, and learn about questions relating to language across disciplines.  From supporting Indigenous language revitalization, to synthesizing speech from brain signals, to improving child and adult literacy, language sciences research is diverse, cross-disciplinary, and far-reaching.

The theme for this Research Day is Encodings: Language, Data, and Knowledge.  This conference will explore the interdependent relationships between language, data, and knowledge, including how we develop and learn spoken, signed, and written language; how we encode and decode language and meaning through sound and sign; how we pass knowledge through speech and spoken traditions; how language informs computational methods; and how computational methods help us interpret language data.

If you have any questions, please email If you require an accessibility-related measure (e.g.: sign language interpretation, captioning, or any other accessibility-related measure) please contact Alex Walls.

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