Megha Sundara

Associate Professor

Dept. of Linguistics
UCLA

Lab website: http://languagelab.humanities.ucla.edu/


Publications

Journals

Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M. Contribution of intonation to language discrimination by infants. Under revision. [Sample stimuli]

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

Kim, Y.J., & Sundara, M. (in press). Segmentation of vowel-initial words is facilitated by function words. Journal of Child Language

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

Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M. (2013). The role of rhythm and intonation in language and dialect discrimination by adults. Journal 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 comparisons. Infancy 17(2), 198-232.

Nazzi, T., Goyet, L., Sundara, M., & Polka, L. (2012). Différences linguistiques et dialectales dans la mise en place des procédures de segmentation de la parole. Enfance, 64(2), 127-146.

• Sundara, M., & Scutellaro, A. (2011). Rhythmic distance between languages affects the development of speech perception in bilingual infants. Journal 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 –s. Journal 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 –s. Journal 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. [sample stimuli: accompanied version; unaccompanied version]

• 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 interaction.  Cognition, 106(1), 234-258.

• Sundara, M., Polka, L. & Baum, S. (2006). Production of coronal stops by adult simultaneous bilinguals.  Bilingualism: 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 English.  Cognition, 100(2), 369-388.

• Sundara, M. (2005). Acoustic-phonetics of coronal stops: A cross-language study of Canadian English & Canadian French. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 118(2), 1026-1037.

• Sundara, M., Namasivayam, A. K. & Chen, R. (2001). Observation-execution matching system for speech: A magnetic stimulation study. NeuroReport, 12(7), 1341-1344.

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

 

Refereed Proceedings

Sundara, M. (2003). Can adult phonetic categories be predicted from statistical distribution alone? Presented at ICPhS, Barcelona Aug 3-9th.  Published in Solé, 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 Solé, M. J., Recasens, D., Romero, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1021-1024.

Aravind, N., Saoji, A. & Sundara, M. (1998). Frequency specificity of the medial efferent system in Pardasani, K. R. (Ed.) Advances in Biomechanics: Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference, MACT Press, Bhopal, 231-236.

 


Presentations (2005-2014)

White, J., Sundara, M., Kim, Y.J., Chong, A.J. (2014). Infant learning of phonological alternations is biased by phonetic similarity. Poster presentation at the Workshop on Learning Biases in Natural and Artificial Language Acquisition at the Annual meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain

Chong, A.J., & Sundara, M. (2014). Tapping in American English: Context matters. Poster presentation at LabPhon14, Tokyo, July 25-27, 2014

Yu, K., Khan, S.D., & Sundara, M. (2014). Intonational phonology in Bengali and English infant-directed speech. Speech Prosody, Dublin 2014

Sundara, M., Kim, Y.J., White, J., & Chong, A.J. (2013). There is no pat in patting: Acquisition of phonological alternations by English-learning 12-mo-olds. Presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development

Sundara, M. & Mateu, V.E. (2013). Non-native rhythm does not block word segmentation in infants. Workshop on Infant Language Development, San Sebastian, Spain

Chong, A.J., & Sundara, M. (2013). Allophonic variation and word recognition in 1.5 year-old children. Linguistics Society of America Workshop "Variation in the Acquisition of Sound Systems", Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vogt, H., Zuraw, K., & Sundara, M., (2013). Acquisition of /r/, /l/ and /w/ by monolingual English-speaking children. Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research Conference

White, J., & Sundara, M. (2012). Infant biases in the learning of phonological alternations. Presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development

Hicks, J., & Sundara, M. (2012). Children with SLI produce 3rd singular –s constrained by phonology. Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Atlanta

Ward, N., & Sundara, M. (2012). The role of visual cues in imitating an unfamiliar sound. International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech, Aix-en-Provence, France

Adani, F., Scutellaro, A., Sundara, M., & Hyams, N. (2012). Online processing of subject and object relative clauses by adults and infants. 3rd Conference on Early Language Acquisition, Lyon, France

Hicks, J., & Sundara, M.  (2012). Systematicity in the production of grammatical morphemes by children with SLI Southern California Undergraduate Linguistics Conference, UCLA

Kim, Y.J., & Sundara, M. (2012). 11-month-olds use function words to segment vowel-initial words. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ward, N., & Sundara, M. (2012). The development and basis of visual language preference in infancy. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jacobson, S., Ward, N., & Sundara, M. (2011) Acoustic correlates of stress in Spanish infant-directed speech. Poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, 162nd meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, CA (Abstract in JASA, 130, 2428)

Ward, N., & Sundara, M. (2011). Effects of language exposure on prosodic differences in infant babbling. Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, Thessaloniki

Yu, K., Khan, S.D., & Sundara, M. (2011). A cross-linguistic investigation of information structure in infant-directed speech. Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody 2, Montreal

Kim, Y.J. -J., & Sundara, M. (2010). The role of function words in the development of word segmentation.  Poster presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development

Ward, N., Sundara, M., Conboy, B., & Kuhl, P.K. (2010). Short-term exposure to a second language produces language-specific effects in babbling. Poster presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development

Hendrickson, K., & Sundara, M. (2010). The development of referential understanding. Poster at the 2nd Pan American / Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun

Kim, Y.J. -J., & Sundara, M. (2010). Function words facilitate word segmentation. Poster at the 2nd Pan American / Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun

Thatte, V., & Sundara, M. (2010). 4.5-month-olds' phonotactic knowledge.  Poster at the 2nd Pan American / Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun

Ward, N., & Sundara, M. (2010). Development of native language preference in the visual modality. Poster at the 2nd Pan American / Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun

White, J., & Sundara, M. (2010). Experimental evidence for phoneme-level inhibition in spoken word recognition. Poster at the 2nd Pan American / Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun

Adani, F., Scutellaro, A., Sundara, M., & Hyams, N. (2010). What do infants know about syntax? The case of relative clauses. Poster at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore

Vicenik, C., Sundara, M., Kitamura, C., & Nazzi, T. (2010). Language discrimination by infants: Discriminating within the native language rhythm class. Poster at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore

Ward, N., Sundara, M., Conboy, B. & Kuhl, P.K.  (2009).  Consequences of short-term language exposure in infancy on babbling.  Poster at the 158th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Antonio (Abstract in JASA, 126(4), 2311) [Lay Language Paper on the ASA website]

Sundara, M., & Vicenik, C.  (2009).  Language and dialect discrimination by five-month-olds.  Poster at the 158th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Antonio (Abstract in JASA, 126(4), 2314)

Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M.  (2009).  Role of rhythmic and intonational cues in language discrimination.  Poster presentation at the 2nd Acoustical Society of America workshop on “Cross-language speech perception and variations in linguistic experience”, Portland (Abstract in JASA, 125(4), 2764) [sample stimuli on Chad’s webpage]

Mersad, K., Polka, L., Sundara, M. & Nazzi, T. (2009).  Early prosodic- and transitional probabilities-based speech segmentation abilities in French-learning infants. Presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development

Sundara, M., Demuth, K. & Kuhl, P.K.  (2008).  Positional effects on 2-year-olds' comprehension and production of 3rd person singular –s.  Poster presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development

Sundara, M., Kitamura, C & Nazzi, T.  (2008). Behavioral and physiological measures of language preference. Poster at Acoustics’08, the 155th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Paris

Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M.  (2008). Role of segmental and intonational cues in dialect discrimination.  Poster at Acoustics’08, the 155th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Paris [sample stimuli on Chad’s webpage]

Nazzi, T., Mersad, K., Iakimova, G., Sundara, M. & Polka, L.  (2008). Differences in the development of speech segmentation abilities in two French dialects.  Presentation at the International Association for the Society of Child Language, Edinburgh

Nazzi, T., Mersad, K., Iakimova, G., Polka, L., & Sundara, M.  (2008). Differences in the development of speech segmentation abilities in two French dialects.  Poster at Acoustics’08, the 155th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Paris

Polka, L., Proulx, J., & Sundara, M.  (2008). Speech segmentation in monolingual and bilingual infants acquiring Canadian English and Canadian French.  Poster at Acoustics’08, the 155th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Paris

Polka, L., Proulx, J., Mersad, K., Iakimova, G., Sundara, M. & Nazzi, T. (2008). Speech segmentation in French-learning infants: Language-specific and dialect-specific patterns.  Presentation at International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver

Sundara, M., & Kuhl, P. K.  Distinguishing voices: Are infants’ abilities affected by age or language experience?  Poster at the 4th Joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America & the Acoustical Society of Japan, Honolulu.

Nazzi, T., Iakimova, G., Bertoncini, J., Polka, L., Sundara, M., & Girard, S.  The development of word segmentation in infants acquiring different dialects of French.  Poster presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston.

Sundara, M., & Kuhl, P. K.  (2006). Role of language experience in infants’ discrimination of male and female voice.  Presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Kyoto.

Iakimova, G., Nazzi, T., Sundara, M., & Polka, L.  (2006). Emerging evidence of differences in segmentation abilities between Parisian and Canadian French infants.  Poster at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Kyoto.

Polka, L., Molnar, M., Sundara, M., Valji, A., & Mattock, K.  (2006). Speech perception development in bilingual infants.  Conference on Language Acquisition & Bilingualism, Toronto.

Polka, L., Molnar, M., Sundara, M., Valji, A., & Mattock, K.  (2006). Le développement de la perception de la parole chez l’enfant bilingue.  ACFAS, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal. 

Sundara, M., Klein, D. & Chen, J,-K. (2005). Neural correlates of phonetic and pitch categorization: Preliminary fMRI data.  Poster at the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Cardillo, G., Kuhl, P. K., & Sundara, M.  (2005). Relative saliency of pitch versus phonetic cues in infancy.  Poster at 150th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Minneapolis (Abstract in JASA, 118(3), 1962).

Cardillo, G., Kuhl, P. K., & Sundara, M. (2005). Speech in music: Encoding pitch and segmental information in infant development.  Poster at the Society of Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) Workshop, San Diego.

Nazzi, T., Iakimova, G., Frédonie, S., Sundara, M., & Polka, L. (2005). Evaluating early speech segmentation in French: Effects of rhythmic types and speech mode.  Presentation at the X International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Berlin.

Nazzi, T., Iakimova, G., Frédonie, S., Sundara, M., & Polka, L.  (2005). Exploring the development of speech segmentation abilities in French.  Presentation at the conference on Emerging Language Abilities, Lyon.

 


Contact information

Office location:  2101S Campbell Hall

Email:  megha dot sundara at humnet.ucla.edu

Telephone:  (310) 825-0041

Mailing address:

3125 Campbell Hall

Department of Linguistics
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1543

[Internal campus mail:  use mailcode 154302]


Last updated: June 9, 2014