Research Participation System

The Research Participation System (RPS) at the Department of Linguistics at SFU provides students with exposure to linguistic phenomena, other linguistics research, and/or research ethics. Moreover, if you choose to participate in a RPS research study, you have the opportunity to experience what research in linguistics is like and come to understand that linguistics is a science. At the same time, you can earn credit towards participating linguistics courses.

Instructions to Students

Linguistics RPS credits can be accumulated in the following ways:

  1. One RPS credit is awarded for every half-hour of research participation in a sanctioned research project through the RPS system in the Department of Linguistics. Participation is voluntary. You may participate in more than research project, but you may not repeat research projects to multiply credits awarded. You can find a list of available sanctioned projects below. Please use the direct booking link or send an email to the contact person of the study to make an appointment.
  2. One RPS credit is awarded for listening to 1-hour's worth of a podcast from this list. To claim your credit, please complete a half-page summary (single-spaced) for each hour of podcast time that you listened to. This summary must include a) the URL and duration of the podcast, b) the title and author of the podcast, and c) a minimum 300 word summary of its contents. Send this summary in PDF format using this webform.
  3. One RPS credit is awarded for attending a 1-hour colloquium from our department, or any session at a Lingustics conference offered this term (colloquia in our department are open to anyone [Lists of colloquia], and many conferences are free – do not pay for conferences [Lists of conferences]). To claim your credit, please complete a half-page summary (single-spaced) of what you heard. This summary must include a) the title and date of the conference (must be during this semester), b) the name of the session you attended, and c) a 300 word summary of the session contents – it is certainly OK not to understand everything – simply include what questions you have about the content of this talk or presentation in your summary. Send this in PDF format using this webform.
  4. One RPS credit is awarded for completing a 3-hour online Research Ethics Tutorial sanctioned by Canada's official research agencies. Upon completion, you will be given a PDF of a certificate of completion with your name. Please note that the date of training completion must be during this semester (i.e., prior completions do not count). Send this PDF using this webform.

General instructions:

  • Each set of points can be applied to ONE course only (no duplication of points)
  • All points will be used during the current semester (no banking of points)
  • Different instructors may have different ways of including RPS points in their overall grade assessment. Please see their course syllabus or research engagement policy below (Participating Courses).
  • Deadline to earn RPS credits - Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Participating Research Projects in Fall 2023

Note: Last update: 09/15. Additional projects coming soon!
Ongoing updates will be made throughout the term as new projects receive ethics approval.

Research Area Title Ethics Number Requirements Contact Location Number of credits
Acoustic phonetics Acoustic cues to production of English stress levels by non-native speakers of English (EnRuMa) 30001628 1. Native speakers of Canadian English who do not speak another language proficiently, 19-40 years of age, OR; 2. Native-speakers of Russian or Mandarin, 19-40 years of age, and who have lived in Canada for at least 1 year, and a maximum of 5 years.

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Magdalena Ivok

RCB 7410 2 credits (60 min)

Can choose between RPS credits or $10
Speech perception, production, second language learning L2 English learners’ phonetic adaptation to non-native accents 30001771 Native speakers of Canadian English, male, 19-30 years old, with no hearing impairments or language-related pathologies

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Danielle Deng

RCB 7410 1 credit (30 min)
Phonetics Phonology of Real and Fictional Names (FaNG) 30000342


English speakers (native or non-native); must have normal hearing and be at least 18 years old. Must have access to a computer or mobile device with a microphone and an internet connection.


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Ashley Farris-Trimble

online 1 credit (30 min)


Please contact the RPS coordinator (Brigid Portner) at
(Short for Ling Research)