Bryan Gick, Ph.D.

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PROFESSOR, University of British Columbia, Senior Scientist Haskins Laboratories
The University of British Columbia


University of British Columbia
The Department of Linguistics
Vancouver Campus
Totem Field Studios (Main Department)
2613 West Mall

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4


Professor and Head, UBC Department of Linguistics; Senior Researcher, Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT; Director, UBC Interdisciplinary Speech Research Laboratory (ISRL); Associate Member, UBC Department of Psychology; Associate Member, UBC School of Audiology & Speech Sciences; Member, UBC Institute for Computing, Information & Cognitive Sciences


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1992

M.A., Yale University, 1995

M.Phil., Yale University, 1997

Ph.D., Yale University, 1999

Research Interest

My research and teaching interests have focused mainly on understanding the physical mechanisms of speech production and their interactions with perception, phonology and phonetics in normal, disordered, and children’s speech, and across languages. More broadly, I am interested in how people interact with each other and their environment, and how this interaction can inform models of linguistic communication. To these ends, some of my major research goals have involved developing 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 simulation (see

Representative Publications

Derrick, D., I. Stavness and B. Gick. Three speech sounds, one motor action: evidence for speech-motor disparity from English flap production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 137, 1493-1502. 2015. doi: 10.1121/1.4906831.
(publisher’s abstract) (PMC4384766 [Full Article Available on 2016-03-01])

Derrick, D. and B. Gick. Accommodation of end-state comfort reveals subphonemic planning in speech. Phonetica. 71, 183-200. 2014. doi: 10.1159/000369630.
(publisher’s abstract) (PMC4464800 [Full Article Available on 2016-02-19])

Chiu, C. and B. Gick. Pitch planning in speech production: Evidence from startle-elicited responses. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 136, EL 322-328. 2014. doi: 10.1121/1.4896405.
(publisher’s article)

Chiu, C. and B. Gick. Startling speech: Eliciting prepared speech using startling auditory stimulus. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science. 5, 1082. 2014. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01082.
(publisher’s abstract) (PMC full text)

Howson, P., E. Komova & B. Gick. Czech trills revisited: An ultrasound, EGG and acoustic study. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 44(2), 115 – 132. 2014. doi: 10.1017/S0025100313000339.
(publisher’s abstract) (full text)