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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day

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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 13th, 2019, UBC Language Sciences will host its first Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day to showcase the work of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in these diverse fields.

The theme for this Research Day is Language Lenses: Mind, Body, Society, Technology, reflecting these diverse perspectives and approaches to language research. 

From Indigenous language revitalization, to children’s language acquisition, to modelling the vocal tract with ultrasound, to understanding multilingualism, language sciences research is diverse, cross-disciplinary, and far-reaching. UBC Language Sciences is a community of scholars who research, teach, and learn about the science of language across disciplines.  This conference will help attendees appreciate the many lenses of language research. 


We are inviting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to volunteer to review abstracts (as well as attend!)  If you are interested in volunteering, please email by February 25th.  Register by Monday, May 6th at 11:59 pm by clicking here.


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

Abstract submissions are due February 25th at 11:59 pm.  Submissions should be submitted via the UBC Survey tool here.  Notifications to presenters will be sent out by April 1st at 5:00 pm.

Requirements for Abstracts

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 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 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