Representative Publications

Journals and book chapters

Mateu, V. E. & Hyams, N. (in press). 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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., Yakimova, 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.

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.

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.

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 singing. Journal of Research in Music Education, 56, 357-369.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.