Megha Sundara

Associate Professor

Dept. of Linguistics
UCLA

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

Downloadable CV


Publications

Journals

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

Vicenik, C. & Sundara, M. The role of rhythm and intonation in language and dialect discrimination by adults. Under review.

• 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. (2011). Différences linguistiques et dialectales dans la mise en place des procédures de segmentation de la parole. Enfance, in press.

• 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 (2005-2010)

2010

• Kim, Y. -J., & Sundara, M. 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. 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. The development of referential understanding. Poster at the 2nd Pan American / Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun

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

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

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

• White, J., & Sundara, M. 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. 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. Language discrimination by infants: Discriminating within the native language rhythm class. Poster at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore

 

2009

• Ward, N., Sundara, M., Conboy, B. & Kuhl, P.K.  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.  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.  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. Early prosodic- and transitional probabilities-based speech segmentation abilities in French-learning infants. Presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development

 

2008

• Sundara, M., Demuth, K. & Kuhl, P.K.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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., Speech segmentation in French-learning infants: Language-specific and dialect-specific patterns.  Presentation at International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver

 

2006

• 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.  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.  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.  Speech perception development in bilingual infants.  Conference on Language Acquisition & Bilingualism, Toronto.

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

 

2005

Sundara, M., Klein, D. & Chen, J,-K. 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.  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. 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. 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.  Exploring the development of speech segmentation abilities in French.  Presentation at the conference on Emerging Language Abilities, Lyon.

 


Contact information

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Department of Linguistics
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Last updated: Jan 1, 2012