¡Bienvenido al Laboratorio de Idiomas!

Estudiamos cómo los bebés sintonizan con sus lenguas maternas y cómo acaban desarrollando reglas implícitas del lenguaje que les permiten comprender y producir frases gramaticales. Para ello, estudiamos las capacidades de percepción y producción del lenguaje en bebés, niños pequeños y niños de corta edad.


September 2023

Megha Sundara’s research was featured on the Weekly Dose of Wonders on NPR’s All Things Considered.
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September 2023

Our lab members Katya Khlystova (grad student), Adam Chong (alumni), and Megha Sundara (PI) have published a new paper titled Phonetic variation in English infant-directed speech: A large-scale corpus analysis on Journal of Phonetics. Congratulations! 

July 2023

Three talks by Megha Sundara in Paris

This month, the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, part of the École Normale Supérieure, hosts Megha Sundara as an invited speaker for three talks. She is presenting recent experimental and computational word on infants’ acquisition of a wide range of phenomena: phonological, morphological, and syntactic.

  • Sundara, M. (2023). The emergence of grammatical class in infancy. Language Team Meeting, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et PsycholinguistiqueÉcole Normale Supérieure, Paris 
  • Sundara, M. (2023).How infants discover morphological suffixes and use them to discover phonemes: Experimental and Computational findings. Linguae Seminar, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et PsycholinguistiqueÉcole Normale Supérieure, Paris 
  • Sundara, M. (2023).What do infants know about permissible sound sequences of their native language. Plenary meeting, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et PsycholinguistiqueÉcole Normale Supérieure, Paris 

July 2023

Our lab has been featured on an NPR science podcast Short WaveClick here to check it out!

In this podcast episode, Why Babies Babble And What It Can Teach Adults About Languagewe metaphorically enter the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab’s recording castle, guided by linguistics researcher Dr. Megha Sundara. NPR science correspondent Sydney Lupkin temporarily takes over the host chair to talk to Sundara about all things baby babble. Along the way, we learn why babies babble, how that babbling can change with exposure to new languages — and if there are any lessons for adults. 

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July 2023

NSF support for Katya Khlystova

Big congratulations to PhD student Katya Khlystova, and advisor Laurel Perkins, for earning a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. Katya’s project, “Computational Investigation of Extralinguistic Cognition in Developmental Parsing,” uses computational methods to model how developing working memory, cognitive control, and linguistic knowledge interact to influence children’s sentence processing. A full abstract can be found here.

June 2023

Laurel Perkins, Tim Hunter, and Shalinee Maitra presenting at SCiL 2023 

The 6th Meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL 2023), this year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, features computational work by Laurel Perkins in collaboration with Tim Hunter (UCLA) and recent undergraduate student Shalinee Maitra (B.A. Linguistics and Computer Science, 2022).

June 2023

UCLA contributors to the Oxford Handbook of Experimental Syntax

The newly-published Oxford Handbook of Experimental Syntax, edited by Jon Sprouse, includes chapters on Behavioral Acquisition Methods with Infants by Laurel Perkins and collaborator Jeffrey Lidz (University of Maryland), and Formal Methods in Syntax by collaborator Tim Hunter (UCLA). The volume surveys a wide range of experimental and computational methods in the study of syntax writ large, including in language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and formal language theory.

April 2023

Megha Sundara speaking at NYU

This April, Megha Sundara gives an invited talk in New York University’s Linguistics Department, on her recent work on early phonotactic, morphological, and word class acquisition in infancy.

  • Sundara, M., (2023)Infant acquisition: From phonotactics, through morphology to word class. NYU Linguistics Colloquium

January 2023

Victoria Mateu, Minqi Liu, Laurel Perkins, and Nina Hyams presenting at the 2023 LSA Meeting

The 97th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America in Denver, Colorado includes work by Victoria Mateu, Laurel Perkins, and Nina Hyams on children’s verb learning in Spanish and work by Minqi Liu, Victoria Mateu, and Nina Hyams on children’s acquisition of passives in Mandarin.

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