Speech In Context Laboratory

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Studies how language is perceived, processed, and produced.

Areas of expertise

The Speech in Context Lab is a dynamic research group that studies how language is perceived, processed, and produced. These topics interface with the particularly tricky puzzle of how language is cognitively represented. Most of our work examines spoken communication, and we define context rather broadly. In the SpeeCon lab, context involves any linguistic or paralinguistic aspect of the language scene which may affect the processing of spoken language. This includes social context, syntactic and semantic context, language environment, and talker variability to name just a few.

Research services
  • Speech analysis
  • Speech recognition
  • Speech acoustics
Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Policy and governance
  • Tourism and hospitality



High-quality recording equipment

For recording and analyzing speech

Digital video cameras

For recording and analyzing speech and interaction


For data analysis

Custom-built listening stations

For speech and auditory perception experiments