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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day

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Join UBC Language Sciences for the third Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day on November 19th 2021, showcasing the work of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the diverse fields of language sciences.

The theme for this Research Day is 'Language Sciences Research in a time of COVID', investigating how language research changed, adapted, and adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Keynote speakers include LLED doctoral student Asma Afreen (Learning and Teaching Bangla Online During COVID-19).

This year the Research Day will be held online.

From natural language processing, to Indigenous language revitalization, to sentiment analysis of social media, to children’s language acquisition, to modelling the vocal tract with ultrasound, language sciences research is diverse, cross-disciplinary, and far-reaching. 

This conference will introduce attendees to the many diverse areas of language sciences research, as well as other scholars working in different disciplines, and potentially parallel research.

If you have questions, please email the conference team at

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 Ella Fund-Reznicek at 604-822-7435 or

Call For Abstracts

Deadline extended: 11:59 PDT, Monday, September 27th

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

Requirements for Abstracts

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


We welcome 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 (Masters, Ph.D. students and candidates) or postdoctoral fellows.  As this conference will be online this year, we welcome submissions from UBC, UBCO, and institutions across Canada and internationally. You are welcome to email us with any queries or concerns.


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 five 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 

Submit your abstract