Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day 2023

Join UBC Language Sciences for the fourth Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day on Friday, May 12th, 2023, showcasing the work of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the diverse fields of language sciences, in-person and virtually. 


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Event Details 

The conference will be held in Kenny 4001 at the Douglas T. Kenny Building. Keynote speakers include LLED Professor Dr. Lee Gunderson, Ph.D. student Ife Adebara, and Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Assistant Professor Dr. Suzanne Huot. Sixteen graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will present their research. The theme for this Research Day is 'Language Diversity'.  

This year the Research Day will be hybrid and 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

Session 1 

10:00 AM Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
10:15 AM Keynote Speaker: Lee Gunderson
10:32 AM Keynote Speaker: Ife Adebara
10:50 AM Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Huot (Virtual)
11:07 AM Keynote Speaker: Monica Good
11:17 AM General Questions
11:37 AM Break
12:00 PM Posters and Lunch


Session 2

1:00 PM Rachel Soo (Virtual) Perception. Recognition, and Encoding of Cantonese sound change variants
1:25 PM Dasha Gluhareva Dynamic Self- and other-assessment of second language speech
1:50 PM Asma Afreen Translator Identity and Multilingual Awareness in Language Education
2:10 PM General Questions  
2:25 PM Break  


Session 3 

2:35 PM Ola Dopierala Assessing infant brain responses to speech during naturalistic live interactions
3:00 PM Danica Reid  An Acoustic Analysis of Aspiration in Nɬeʔkepmxcin
3:25 PM Emily Comeau (Virtual) Situating Language on the Land in Digital Spaces
3:45 PM General Questions   
4:00 PM Break   

Session 4

4:20 PM Arian Shamei Neural oscillations for the control of vocal tract posture
4:45 PM Robert Hanks LINCing Language to Critical Multiculturalism
5:10 PM Suyuan Liu Do Speech Models Acquire Human-like Perception?
5:30 PM General Questions  
5:45 PM Closing Remarks   


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

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

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