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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day

A picture of Linguistics doctoral student Yadong Liu talking to Linguistics doctoral student Rachel Soo about his poster at the 2019 Research Day

May 15th, 2020
9.30am to 5.30pm (Lunch provided)
UBC Vancouver
Theme: Encodings: Language, Data, and Knowledge


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 May 15th, 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.

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.

We invite abstract submissions of scholarly work that relates to language in any way, from any disciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective.

If you have any questions, please email We ask that attendees refrain from wearing perfumes and scented soaps to prevent causing allergic reactions for other attendees.

If you require an accessibility-related measure (e.g.: sign language interpretation, captioning, accessible parking, or any other accessibility-related measure) please contact Alex Walls at 604-822-7435 or

Abstract reviewers

We invite faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to volunteer to review abstracts, and of course, attend.  If you are interested in volunteering, email by Monday, March 2nd.  

A clip of the poster for the Call for Abstracts, in light and dark blue, stating the deadline is February 24th

Call for Abstracts

We want your abstracts! Whether you're a graduate student at UBC or a postdoctoral fellow at SFU, please consider submitting your work.

Submit Your Abstract

Deadline: February 24th at 5pm (PST)

Requirements for Abstracts

We invite abstract submissions of scholarly work that relates to language in any way, from any disciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective. Submissions do not need to be related to the theme.


UBC LangScis welcomes abstract submissions on research on any topic related to language.  Research may be in progress, complete, or previously presented work.  Presentations in preparation for other conference talks are welcome.  Types of studies accepted include empirical studies, theoretical or methodological studies, or replication studies.


Researchers must be graduate students (M.A., M.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D. students and candidates) or postdoctoral fellows.  We welcome submissions from institutions across the Lower Mainland, including Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, Douglas College, and the University of Victoria.


We are seeking proposals for individual paper presentations (approx. 20 minutes) and poster presentations. Please prepare a PDF version of your abstract, including:

  • Title of Presentation
  • Preference for paper presentation or poster presentation
  • Up to 5 keywords
  • Abstract (250 words maximum, not including references)
  • References

Please do not include any author names or author identifying information in the document or document filename, to assist in the blind review process.

General Abstract Components

Abstracts must include the following:

  • Purpose – questions addressed or hypotheses tested
  • Methods/techniques
  • Results/Conclusions/Interpretations

Optional components as applicable to your study include:

  • Data sources (for empirical research)
  • Perspectives/Theoretical Framework
  • Significance

If you have questions about the components, formatting, or online submission portal, please email

Submit Your Abstract