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Dr. Jennifer Abel

Library, Archival & Information Studies

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

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

Jennifer was the Coordinator of UBC’s Language Sciences initiative from November 2015 through August 2017; she is currently a graduate student in the dual Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies in UBC’s iSchool. She earned her PhD in Linguistics from UBC in 2015, writing on the effect of task difficulty on phonetic convergence. (It involved LEGO®.) Prior to coming to UBC, she taught introductory linguistics and medical terminology at Mount Royal College (now University) in Calgary, and also worked in the University of Calgary’s Writing Centre.

Jennifer has always told her linguistics students that the fact that in general, humans talk all the time, from a very young age, and most of the time they understand each other, is a very cool thing. She believes that language is best studied in a variety of ways, and that interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches will bring the fullest and deepest answers to the immensely complex questions that language raises.