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Dr. Bryan Gick

Co-Director, Language Sciences Initiative / ELIE Research Lead / Professor

Linguistics

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

Evolving Language in an Information Economy, The Communicating Mind and Body

Bryan Gick is the director of UBC’s Interdisciplinary Speech Research Laboratory (ISRL) and the head of the Linguistics department. His overarching research focus is on how people interact with each other and their environment, and how this interaction can inform models of linguistic communication. Bryan has studied this by exploring the physical mechanisms of speech production and their interactions with perception, phonology and phonetics in normal, disordered, and children’s speech, and across languages. In the course of this work, he and his collaborators have developed techniques for applying ultrasound imaging technology to speech research, protocols for studying haptic (tactile) perception of speech, methods for observing low-level planning in speech motor behaviour, and biomechanical simulations.

Research Interests

How people interact with each other and their environment, and how this interaction can inform models of linguistic communication; the physical mechanisms of speech production and their interactions with perception, phonology and phonetics in normal, disordered, and children’s speech, and across languages.