Select Publications


Theodore, R., Monto, N. R., Orena, A.J., & Polka, L. (under review). The

Language familiarity effect for voice recognition is not contingent on lexical access, Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory & Cognition


Polka, L. & Nazzi, T (accepted).  Interacting processes and developmental

biases allow learners to crack the “what” code and the “who” code in spoken language. Applied Psycholinguistics


Masapollo, M., Polka, L. & Ménard, L., Franklin, L., Tiede, M. & Morgan, J.

(in press). Asymmetries in visual vowel perception: The roles

of oral-facial kinematics, orientation and configuration, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.


Masapollo, M., Polka, L. & Ménard, L. (2017).  A universal bias in adult vowel perception – by ear or by eye, Cognition, 166, 358-370


Masapollo, M., Polka, L., Molnar, M. & Ménard, L. (2017). Directional

asymmetries reveal a universal bias in adult vowel perception, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (4) 2857- 2869


Nam, Y, & Polka, L. (2016) The phonetic landscape in infant consonant

perception is an uneven terrain. Cognition, 155, 56-66.   []


Polka, L, Orena, A., Sundara, M. & Worrall, J.  (2016) Segmenting words from fluent speech during infancy – challenges and opportunities in a bilingual context, Developmental Science, 1-14 [doi: 10.1111/desc.12419]


Kadam, M.A., Orena, AJ., Theodore, R.M. & Polka, L. (2016) Reading ability

influences native and non-native voice recognition, even for unimpaired readers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139 (1), EL6-12. []


Polka, L., Bohn, O-S.  & Weiss, D.J. (2015).  Commentary: Kriengwatana, B., Escudero, P. & ten Cate, C. Revisiting vocal perception in non-human animals: a review of vowel discrimination, speaker voice recognition, and speaker normalization (2015) Frontiers in Psychology 6:941 [doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.0094]


Orena, A.J., Theodore, R. & Polka, L. (2015) Language exposure

facilitates talker learning prior to language comprehension, even in adults, Cognition, 143, 36-40. []


Masapollo, M, Polka, L. & Menard, L. (2015) When infants talk infants listen: Pre-babbling infants prefer listening to speech with infant vocal properties, Developmental Science. pp 1–11 [doi: 10.1111/desc.12298]


Polka, L, Masapollo, M, & Menard (2014). Who’s talking now? Infant perception of vowels with infant vocal properties, Psychological Science, 25 (7), 1448-1456 [doi:10.1177/0956797614533571]


Bohn, O-S, & Polka, L. (2014).  Fast phonetic learning in very young infants,:

what it shows and what it doesn’t show.  Frontiers in Psychology, Language Sciences, volume 5:511 [doi: 10.3389/ fpsyg.2014.00511]


Molnar, M., Baum, S., Polka, L. & Steinhauer, K. (2013).  Learning two

languages from birth shapes the pre-attentive processing of speech: Electrophysiological correlates of vowel discrimination in monolinguals and simultaneous bilinguals,         Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17 (3) 526-541 [doi: 10.1017/S136672891300062X].


Nazzi, T., Mersad, K., Sundara, M., Iakimova, G., & Polka, L. (2013). Early word segmentation in infants acquiring Parisian French: task-dependent and dialect-specific aspects, Journal of Child Language, 1-34 [doi: 10.1017/S0305000913000111]


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, 127-146.


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. [doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00075.x]


Best, C., Bradlow, A., Guion, S. & Polka, L. (2011). Using the lens of phonetic experience to resolve phonological forms, Journal of Phonetics, 39 (4), 453-455.  [doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2011.08.006]


Polka, L. & Bohn, O-S. (2011). Natural Referent Vowel (NRV) framework: An emerging view of early phonetic development, Journal of Phonetics, 39(4), 467-478.  [doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2010.08.007]


Mattock, K, Polka, L, & Rvachew, S., & Krehm, M.  (2010)  The first steps in word learning are easier when the shoes fit: Comparing monolingual and bilingual infants, Developmental Science, 13:1 229-243. [doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00891.x]


Shahnaz, N. Bork, L., Polka, L. Longridge, N., Westerberg, B., Bell, D. (2009).

Energy reflectance (ER) and tympanometry in normal and otosclerotic ears, Ear and Hearing, 30, 219-233.


Shahnaz, N., Miranda, T. & Polka, L. (2008) Multi-frequency tympanometry in neonatal intensive care unit & well babies Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 19 (5), 392-418.


Rvachew, S. Alhaidary, A. Mattock, K. & Polka, L. (2008), Emergence of

corner vowels in the babble produced by infants exposed to Canadian English or Canadian French, Journal of Phonetics, 36, 564-577.


Polka, L., Rvachew, S. & Molnar, M.  (2008). Speech perception by 6- to 8-month-olds in the presence of distracting sound, Infancy, 13 (5) 421-439.


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, S.  & Polka, L.  (2008) Discrimination of coronal stops by bilingual adults: The timing and nature of language interaction, Cognition, 106, 234-258.


Mattock, K., Molnar, M., Polka, L. & Burnham, D.  (2008). The

developmental time course of lexical tone perception in the first year of life, Cognition, 106, 1367-1381. [doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2007.07.002]


Ravchew, S., Mattock, K., Polka, L. & Menard, L. (2006).  Developmental and

cross-linguistic variation in the infant vowel space: The case of Canadian English and Canadian French, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120, 2250-2259


Sundara, Polka & Baum (2006)  Production of coronal stops by simultaneous bilingual adults, Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 9, 97-114.


Ilari, B And Polka, L. (2006) Music cognition in early infancy:  Infant’s

preferences and long-term memory for Ravel  International  Journal of Music Education, 24, 7-20.


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


Polka, L, & Rvachew, S. (2005) The impact of otitis media with effusion on infant phonetic perception  Infancy  8(2), 101-117.


Ilari, B. & Polka, L. (2005) Infants’ preferences for musical timbre and texture: A report from two experiments, Early Childhood Connections, 11 (1), 29-30.


Polka, L. & Bohn, O-S. (2003)  Asymmetries in vowel perception, Speech Communication, 41, 221-231.


Shahnaz, N. & Polka, L. (2002) Distinguishing normal from otosclerotic ears: The effect of probe tone frequency on static immittance, Journal of

the American Academy of Audiology, 13, 345-355.


Bohn, O-S. & Polka, L. (2001). Target spectral, dynamic spectral and temporal cues in infant perception of German vowels  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 110, 504-515


Polka, L., Colontonio, C. & Sundara, M. (2001). A cross-language comparison of /d/-/ð/ perception: Evidence for a new developmental pattern. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 109, 2190-2201.


Werker. J.F., Polka, L. & Pegg, J. (1997).  The conditioned headturn procedure as a method for testing infant speech perception, Early Development and Parenting, 6, 171-178.


Shahnaz, N. & Polka, L. (1997).  Standard and multifrequency tympanometry   in normal and otosclerotic ears, Ear  and Hearing, 18, 326-341.


Polka, L. & Bohn, O-S. (1996).  A cross-language comparison of vowel

perception in English-learning and German-learning infants, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  100, 577-592.


Polka, L. (1995).  "Linguistic influences in adult perception of non-native vowel contrasts"  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  97, 1286-1296.


Orme, M. A. & Polka, L. (1994).  Infant dependence on acoustic cue redundancy: Discrimination of the word-final voicing contrast, /t/-/d/"       Canadian Acoustics 22, 131-132.


Polka, L. & Werker, J.F.  (1994)  Developmental changes in perception of non-native vowel contrasts,  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human      Perception and Performance  20, 421-435.


Werker, J.F. & Polka, L. (1993). "Developmental changes in speech perception: New challenges and new directions"  Journal of Phonetics  21, 83-101.


Polka, L.  (1992).  Characterizing the influence of native language experience

 in adult speech perception, Perception and Psychophysics  52, 37-52.


Polka, L. (1991) Cross-language speech perception in adults: Phonemic,   phonetic, and acoustic contributions, Journal of the Acoustical Society of       America  89, 2961-2977.


Underbakke, M., Polka, L., Gottfried, T. L. & Strange, W.  (1988).  Trading  relations in the perception of /r/ and /l/ by Japanese learners of

English, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  84, 90-100.


Strange, W., Polka, L., & Dittmann, S.  (1986).  Training intraphonemic   discrimination of /r/-/l/, Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society  24,



Polka, L. &  Strange, W.  (1985).  Perceptual equivalence of acoustic cues that   differentiate /r/ and /l/, Journal of the Acoustical Society  of America

78, 1187-1197.


Book Chapters/Chapitres de Livres:


Polka, L, Rvachew, s. & *Mattock, K. (2007).  Experiential influences

on speech perception and production during infancy.  E. Hoff & M. Shatz (Eds.) Handbook of Child Language, Oxford: Blackwell.


Werker, J. F., Shi, R., *Desjardins, R., Pegg, J. E., Polka, L., & *Patterson, M.

(1998).  Three methods for testing infant speech perception  In A. M.

 Slater (Ed). Perceptual Development: Visual, Auditory, and Speech Perception in Infancy. London: UCL Press pp. 389-420.


Werker, J.F., Lloyd, V., Pegg, J., & Polka, L. (1996).  Putting the baby in the

bootstraps: Toward a more complete understanding of the role of input in infant speech processing  In J. Morgan & K. Demuth  (Eds.) Signal to

Syntax: Bootstrapping from Speech to Grammar in Early Acquisition.

Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 427-447.


Polka, L., Jusczyk, P.J., & Rvachew, S. (1995).  Methods for studying speech perception in infants and children,  In W. Strange (Ed.)   Speech

Perception and Linguistic Experience: Issues in Cross-Language Speech

Research.  Timonium, MD: York Press, pp. 49-89.


Jenkins, J., Strange, W. & Polka, L.  (1995).  Not everyone can tell a rock'

from a 'lock': Assessing individual differences in speech perception.  In

R.V. Dawis & D. Lubinski (Eds.) Assessing Individual Differences in Human Behavior: New Concepts, Methods and Findings   Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 297-325.


Werker, J.F. & Polka, L. (1993).  The ontogeny and developmental significance

 of language-specific phonetic perception.  In B. de Boysson-Bardies, S.

de Schonen, P. Jusczyk, P McNeilage, & J. Morton. (Eds.) Developmental Neurocognition: Speech and Face Processing in the First Year of Life.   The     Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp 275-288.


Conference Proceedings/Actes des Conferences:


Polka, L., Bohn, O.-S., & Kuhl, P. (2008). Encomium for Winifred Strange,

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 24, 2539-2540.


Mattock, K., Rvachew, S., & Polka, L. (2005). Cross-linguistic influences

on infant babbling. Proceedings of the Canadian Acoustical Association Meeting, London, Ontario, October 12-14, 2005.


Polka, L. & Sundara, M. (2003).  Word segmentation in monolingual and

bilingual infant learners of English and French, Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, 1021-1024.


Escudero , P. & Polka, L. (2003).  A cross-language study of vowel

categorization and vowel acoustics: Canadian English versus Canadian French, Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, 861-864


Polka, L. (1995).  "Developmental patterns in infant speech perception" Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.

Stockholm, Sweden, vol. 2, 148-155.


Bohn, O-S. & Polka, L (1995).  "What defines vowel identity in prelingual infants?" Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Phonetic

 Sciences.  Stockholm, Sweden , vol. 1, 130-133.


Invited Papers/Papiers Invites:


Polka, L. (2003).  Crossing disciplines, languages, and borders, American Psychological Society Observer 16, 14.