2020 – Present

Khlystova, E., Chong, A.J., & Sundara, M. (2023). Phonetic variation in English infant-directed speech: A large-scale corpus analysis. Journal of Phonetics 

Xu, L., Solá-Llonch, E., Wang, H., & Sundara, M. (to appear). A meta-analytic review of morphological priming in Semitic languagesMental Lexicon

L. Perkins & J. Lidz. “Behavioral Acquisition Methods with Infants.” (2023). J. Sprouse (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Syntax.
L. Perkins & T. Hunter. “Noise-tolerant learning as selection among deterministic grammatical hypotheses.” (2023). Proceedings of the 6th meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL 2023).
S. Maitra & L. Perkins. “Filtering input for learning constrained grammatical variability: The case of Spanish word order.” (2023). Proceedings of the 6thmeeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL 2023).
V. Mateu, L. Perkins& N. Hyams. (2023). “Learning unaccusativity: Evidence for split intransitivity in child Spanish.” Proceedings of the 97th Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting.

Steffman, J., & Sundara, M. (2023). Disentangling the role of biphone probability from neighborhood density in the perception of nonwordsLanguage & Speech, May 9; 238309231164982. doi: 10.1177/00238309231164982

Sundara, M., (Publication date: 2023). The speech perception of bilingual infants. In Amengual, M. (Ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Phonetics and Phonology, Cambridge University Press, Boston: MA

Mayer, C., Kondur, A., & Sundara, M. (2022). UCI Phonotactic Calculator (Version 0.1.0) [Computer software].

L. Perkins, N. H. Feldman, & J. Lidz. (2022). The power of ignoring: Filtering input for argument structure acquisition. Cognitive Science, 46 (1) e13080; DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13080.

Sundara, M., Zhou, Z.L., Breiss, C., Katsuda, H., & Steffman, J. (2022). Infants’ developing sensitivity to native language phonotactics: A meta-analysis. Cognition

Sundara, M. (2022). Development of speech perception and production in bilingual preverbal infants. In Goldstein, B. (Ed.) Bilingual Language Development in Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English speakers, 3rd Edition. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore: MD.

Mateu, V.E. & Sundara, M. (2022). Spanish input accelerates bilingual infants’ segmentation of English words. Cognition, 218, 104936. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104936

Kim, Y. J., & Sundara, M. (2021). 6-month-olds are sensitive to English morphology. Developmental Science, 24(4), e13089. Advance online publication.

Sundara, M., White, J., Kim, Y.J. & Chong, A.J. (2021) Stem similarity modulates infants’ acquisition of phonological alternations. Cognition, 209, 104573

L. Perkins & J. Lidz. (2021) Eighteen-month-old infants represent nonlocal syntactic dependencies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118 (41) e2026469118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2026469118.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Bergmann, C., Black, A., Brown, A., Julia Carbajal M., Durrant, S., Fennell, C. T., Fiévet, A., Frank, M., Gampe, A., Gervain, J., Gonzalez-Gomez, N., Hamlin, J. K., Havron, N., Hernik, M., Kerr, S., Killam, H., Klassen, K., Kosie J. E., Kovács, Á., Lew-Williams, C., Liu, L., Mani, N., Marino, C., Mastroberardino, M., Mateu, V., Noble, C., Orena, A. J.,  Polka, L., Potter, C. E., Schreiner, M. S., Singh, L., Soderstrom, M., Sundara, M.,  Waddell, C., Werker, J., F., Wermelinger & Tsui, A. S.-M. (2021). A multi-lab study of bilingual infants: Exploring the preference for infant-directed speech. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/2515245920974622

Faytak, M., Liu, S. & Sundara, M. (2020). Nasal coda neutralization in Shanghai Mandarin: Articulatory and perceptual evidence. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology 11(1): 23, pp. 1–29. DOI:

J. Schneider, L. Perkins, & N. H. Feldman (2020). “A Noisy Channel Model for Systematizing Unpredictable Input Variation.” M. M Brown & A. Kohut (eds.), Proceedings of the 44th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development: 533-547.

Sundara, M., Ward, N., Conboy, B., & Kuhl., P.K. (2020) Exposure to a second language in infancy alters speech productionBilingualism: Language and Cognition1-14.

The ManyBabies Consortium (2020). Quantifying sources of variability in infancy research using the infant-directed speech preference. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science3 (1), 24-52.

L. Perkins & J. Lidz (2020). “Filler-gap dependency comprehension at 15 months: The role of vocabulary.” Language Acquisition, 27(1): 98-115.

2010 – 2019

Yang, M, & Sundara, M. (2019) Cue-shifting between acoustic cues: Evidence for directional asymmetry. Journal of Phonetics, 75, 27-42.

Mateu, V. E. & Hyams, N. (2019). On the learnability of implicit arguments. In Ionin, T. & Rispoli, M. (eds.) Three Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research [LALD 63]. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.

Chong, A., & Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M. (2018). Intonation plays a role in language discrimination in infancyInfancy, 23(6), 795-819.

J. Lidz & L. Perkins (2018). “The importance of input representations.” Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 8(6): 743-748.

J. Lidz & L. Perkins (2018). “Language Acquisition.” J. Wixted (ed.), The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Fourth Edition, Volume 4.

Sundara, M. & Mateu, V. (2018). Lexical stress constrains English-learning infants’ segmentation in a non-native language. Cognition 181. 105-116.

Sundara, M., Ngon, C., Skoruppa, K., Feldman, N. H., Onario, G. M., Morgan, J. L., & Peperkamp, S. (2018). Young infants’ discrimination of subtle phonetic contrastsCognition178, 57–66.

Sundara, M. (2018). Why do children pay more attention to grammatical morphemes at the ends of sentences? Journal of Child Language, 45(3), 703-716.

Mateu, V., Hyams, N. & Winans, L. (2018). Intervention effects in early grammar: Evidence from sluicing. Proceedings of the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development [BUCLD 42].  Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

L. Perkins & J. Lidz (2018). “Behavioral Acquisition Methods with Infants.” J. Sprouse (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Syntax.

Mateu, Victoria E. (2017). What cross-linguistic acquisition differences can tell us about invisible syntax: The case of Spanish ‘parecer’. Proceedings of the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development [BUCLD 41]. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Hyams, N., Mateu, V. & Winans, L. (2017). Ellipsis meets wh-movement: Sluicing in early grammar. In LaCara, N.; Moulton, K.; & Tessier, A-M. (eds.) A Schrift to Fest Kyle Johnson. Linguistics Open Access Publications. 1.

L. Perkins, N.H. Feldman, & J. Lidz (2017). “Learning an Input Filter for Argument Structure Acquisition.” Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics.

Polka, L., Orena, A.J., Sundara, M., & Worrall, J. (2017). Segmenting words from fluent speech in infancy: Challenges and opportunities in the bilingual contextDevelopmental Science Jan;20(1). doi: 10.1111/desc.12419. Epub 2016 May 4.

Hendrickson, K. & Sundara, M. (2017). Fourteen-month-olds’ decontextualized understanding of words for absent objectsJournal of Child Language, 44(1), 239-254.

L. Perkins, N. H. Feldman, & J. Lidz. (2017). Learning an Input Filter for Argument Structure
Acquisition. Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational

Polka, L., Orena, A.J., Sundara, M., & Worrall, J. (2016). Segmenting words from fluent speech in infancy: Challenges and opportunities in the bilingual contextDevelopmental Science May 4 doi: 10.1111/desc.12419

Hendrickson, K. & Sundara, M. (2016). Fourteen month-olds’ decontextualized understanding of words for absent objectsJournal of Child Language Jan 19: 1-16

Chong, A.J. & Sundara, M. (2016). Perceptual similarity modulates online compensation for phonological variationProceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2.

Mateu, Victoria E. & Nina Hyams. (2016). One is the loneliest number: The acquisition of Spanish indefinite ‘un’. Proceedings of the Generativist Approaches to Language Acquisition: North America 6 [GALANA 6]. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Sundara, M., Molnar, M., Frota, S. (2015). The perception of boundary tones in infancy. Presented at ICPhS, Glasgow.Published In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. Paper number 361, 1-4 retrieved from

Adani, F., Scutellaro, A., Sundara, M., & Hyams, N. (2015). Online processing of subject and object relative clauses in adults and infants. In Kern, S., Chenu, F., & Gayraud, F. (Eds.) The role of input in language acquisition. Cambridge Scholar Publishing.

Chong, A.J., & Sundara, M. (2015). 18-month-olds compensate for a phonological alternation. Presented & Published in Grillo, E., & Jepson, K. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 39th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 113-126.

Kim, Y. J., & Sundara, M. (2015). Segmentation of vowel-initial words is facilitated by function wordsJournal of Child Language, 42(4), 709-733.

White, J., & Sundara, M. (2014). Biased generalization of newly learned phonological alternations by 12-month-old infantsCognition, 133(1), 85-90.

Nazzi, T., Mersad, K., Sundara, M., Lakimova, G., & Polka, L. (2014). Early word segmentation in infants acquiring Parisian French: task dependent and dialect specific aspectsJournal of Child Language, 41(3), 600-633.

Yu, K., Khan, S.D., & Sundara, M. (2014). Intonational phonology in Bengali and English infant-directed speech. In N. Campbell, D. Gibbon & D. Hirst (Eds.) Proceedings of Speech Prosody 7. 1130-1133.

Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M. (2013). The role of rhythm and intonation in language and dialect discrimination by adultsJournal of Phonetics, 41(5), 297-306.

Polka, L., & Sundara, M. (2012). Word segmentation in monolingual infants acquiring Canadian-English and Canadian-French: Native language, cross-language and cross-dialect comparisonsInfancy 17(2), 198-232. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00075.x

Sundara, M., & Scutellaro, A. (2011). Rhythmic distance between languages affects the development of speech perception in bilingual infantsJournal of Phonetics, 39(4), 505-513.

Sundara, M., Demuth, K. & Kuhl, P.K. (2011). Sentence-position effects on children’s comprehension & production of English 3rd person singular –sJournal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 54, 55-71.

2000 – 2009

Song, J. Y., Sundara, M., & Demuth, K. (2009). Effects of phonology on children’s production of English 3rd person singular –sJournal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 52(3), 623-642.

Ilari, B., & Sundara, M. (2009). Music listening preferences in early life: Infants’ response to accompanied versus unaccompanied singingJournal of Research in Music Education, 56, 357-369. doi: 10.1177/0022429408329107

Sundara, M., Polka, L., & Molnar, M. (2008). Development of coronal stop perception: Bilingual infants keep pace with their monolingual peers. Cognition, 108, 232-242.

Sundara, M., & Polka, L. (2008). Discrimination of coronal stops by bilingual adults: The timing and nature of language interactionCognition, 106(1), 234-258.

Sundara, M., Polka, L. & Baum, S. (2006). Production of coronal stops by adult simultaneous bilingualsBilingualism: Language and Cognition, 9(1), 97-114.

Sundara, M., Polka, L., & Genesee, F. (2006). Language-experience facilitates discrimination of /d- ð/ in monolingual and bilingual acquisition of EnglishCognition, 100(2), 369-388.

Sundara, M. (2005). Acoustic-phonetics of coronal stops: A cross-language study of Canadian English & Canadian FrenchJournal of the Acoustical Society of America118(2), 1026-1037.

Sundara, M. (2003). Can adult phonetic categories be predicted from statistical distribution alone? Presented at ICPhS, Barcelona Aug 3-9th. Published in Sol, M. J., Recasens, D., Romero, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2329-2332.

Polka, L. & Sundara, M. (2003). Word segmentation in monolingual and bilingual infant learners of English and French. Presented at ICPhS, Barcelona Aug 3-9th. Published in Sol, M. J., Recasens, D., Romero, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15thInternational Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1021-1024.

Polka, L., Colantonio, C. & Sundara, M. (2001). Cross-language perception of /d – ð/: Evidence for a new developmental patternJournal of the Acoustical Society of America, 109(5), 2190-2200.

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