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 participate - Sunday November 27, 2022

Participating Research Projects in Fall 2022 [updated 11/09]

Research Area Title Ethics Number Requirements Contact Location Number of credits
Phonology, psycholinguistics, language acquisition Learning Complex Phonology (Alienology Mini) 2020s0117 Must speak English (native or non-native) and have access to a computer or mobile device with a microphone and an internet connection

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Ashley Farris-Trimble

online 2 credits (60 min)
Phonology, psycholinguistics Categorical Perception of Marginal Phonemes (c-PoMP) 30000679 - Must be between the ages of 19 and 35
- A native speaker of Canadian English
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be willing to show proof
- Willing to wear a mask for all in-person portions of the study
- Have normal hearing and normal or corrected-to-normal vision

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Ashley Farris-Trimble

RCB 7301 for in-person eyetracking task + online survey

3 credits (90 min)

First half of Fall semester: 3 RPS credits AND entered into a draw for 1 of 7 $50 gift cards

Phonology, psycholinguistics Identifying Cantonese Syllables H22-00256 - Must be fluent Cantonese speakers who learned Cantonese before age of 5
- Adults 18 years of age and older
- Access to a computer (not mobile device) with an internet connection

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Rachel Soo

online 2 credits (60 min)
Speech perception Dynamic Assessment of L2 Speech 30001212 Criteria for non-native speakers:
- must be native speakers of another language
- must not have resided in an English-speaking country before age 12

Criteria for native speakers:
- must be native speakers of Canadian English (must have learned English before age 4)
- fluency in another language is okay

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Dasha Gluhareva

RCB 9000-level

2 credits (60 min)

Can choose between RPS credits or $20

Speech perception, prosody, phonetics, phonology Visual Processing of Speech Cues 2017s0350 Native Mandarin speakers, normal hearing, no language-related pathologies

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Xizi (Danielle) Deng

RCB 7410 4 credits (120 min)
Grammar and Processing of Resumptive Pronouns 30001133 Native English speakers [Click here for booking]

Sara Williamson
online 1 credit (30 min)


Please contact the RPS coordinator (Brigid Portner) at