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7141 Sherbrooke West, PY-033
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Our research investigates how infants from different language backgrounds, both monolingual and bilingual, grow and learn about their language(s).

Our team consists of Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein and a group of dedicated students and research assistants. On our website you can meet the research team, learn about our research projects, download our publications, and find out how to participate in our studies or join our team. 

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PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Byers-Heinlein, K. (in press). Bilingualism affects infants’ expectations about how words refer to kinds. Developmental Science. Click here for PDF

Byers-Heinlein, K., Behrend, D., Said, L. M., Giris, H., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2016). Monolingual and bilingual children’s social preferences for monolingual and bilingual speakers. Developmental Science. Click here for PDF

da Estrela, C., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2015). Vois-tu le kem? Do you see the bos? Foreign word learning at 14-months.  Infancy. Click here for PDF

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Garcia, B. (2015). Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs about what is innate. Developmental Science. Click here for PDF

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2014). High amplitude sucking. In Brooks, E., Kempe, V., & Golson, J. G. [Eds.], Sage Encyclopaedia of Language Acquisition. Click here for PDF

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2014). Languages as categories: Reframing the “one language or two” question in early bilingual development. Language Learning. Click here for PDF  View online

Fennell, C. T.,  & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2014). You sound like Mommy: Bilingual and monolingual infants learn words best from speakers typical of their language environments. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Click here for PDF   View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Fennell, C. T. (2014). Perceptual narrowing in the context of increased variation: Insights from bilingual infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 65(2), 274-291. doi:10.1002/dev.21167 Click here for PDF   View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., Chen, K.H., & Xu, F. (2014). Surmounting the Tower of Babel: Monolingual and bilingual 2-year-olds’ understanding of the nature of foreign languages. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 119, 87-100. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.09.011. Click here for PDF    View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Lew-Williams, C. (2013). Bilingualism in the early years: What the science says. LEARNing Landscapes, 7(1), 95-112. Click here for PDF

Souza, A., Byers-Heinlein, K ., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2013). Bilingual and monolingual children prefer native-accented speakers. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 4(953). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00953.  Click here for PDF

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2013). Lexicon structure and the disambiguation of novel words: Evidence from bilingual infants. Cognition, 128, 407-416. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2013.05.010.   Click here for PDF   View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., Fennell, C.T., & Werker, J.F. (2013). The development of associative word learning in monolingual and bilingual infants. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 198-205. doi: 10.1017/S1366728912000417.  Click here for PDF   View online

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2012). Parental language mixing: Its measurement and the relation of mixed input to young bilingual children’s vocabulary size. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition,16, 32-48. doi: 10.1017/S1366728912000120. Click here for PDF    View online   

May, L., Byers-Heinlein, K., Gervain, G., & Werker, J.F. (2011). Language and the newborn brain: Does pre-natal language experience shape the neonate neural response to speech? Frontiers in Language Sciences, 2, 1-9. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00222.   Click here for PDF  View online

Curtin, S.A., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2011). Bilingual beginnings as a lens for theory development: PRIMIR in focus. Journal of Phonetics, 39(4), 492-504. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2010.12.002.  Click here for PDF    View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., Burns, T.F., & Werker, J.F. (2010). The roots of bilingualism in newborns. Psychological Science, 21(3), 343-348. doi: 10.1177/0956797609360758.  Click here to view PDF    View online

Werker, J.F., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Fennell, C.T. (2009). Bilingual beginnings to learning words. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 364, 3649-3663. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2009.0105.  Click here to view PDF    View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2009). Monolingual, bilingual, trilingual: Infants’ language experience influences the development of a word learning heuristic. Developmental Science, 12(5), 815-823. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00902.x.  Click here for PDF   View online

Werker, J.F., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2008). Bilingualism in infancy: First steps in perception and comprehension. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(4), 144-151. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2008.01.008.  Click here for PDF    View online

Fennell, C.T., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2007).  Using speech sounds to guide word learning: The case of bilingual infants. Child Development, 78, 1510-1525. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01080.x.  Click here for PDF  View online

Byers-Heinlein, K., Hart J., Harisson, T., Matchett, J., & Byers, S. (2004).  Passing the Torch: students teaching students about dating violence. In M.L. Stirling, C.A. Cameron, N. Nason-Clark & B. Miedema. Understanding Abuse: partnering for change.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 297-319. Click here for the PDF

CONFERENCE POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2014, February). Baby you’re bilingual: Acquiring two languages in infancy. Talk given at the Young Scholars Speaker Series, Penn State University, PA.

Fennell, C. T., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, October). Naming phrases reveal bilingual and monolingual infants’ level of learning minimal pairs.  Talk presented at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.

Poulin-Dubois, D., Souza, A. L., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, October). Unfamiliar accents and foreign languages: How growing up bilingual influences children’s in-group biases . Poster presented at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.

Reinecke, R., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, October). Where is la grenouille? Parental language mixing with bilingual infants: A more than common behaviour . Poster presented at the International Conference on Multilingualism: Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms, Montreal, QC.

da Estrela, C., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, October). Effects of language dominance on bilingual word learning at 14-months. Poster presented at the International Conference on Multilingualism: Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms, Montreal, QC.

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2013, June). It takes two languages to tango: Bilingual processing in infancy. Keynote talk given at the Workshop in Infant Language Development, San Sebastian, Spain. Other keynote speakers: Jenny Saffran, Richard Aslin, Marilyn Vihman, Daniel Swingley.

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2013, June). Word learning in infant bilingualism. Talk given the Center for Brain and Cognition Colloquium Series, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Rao, A. K., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, June). Infants’ and adult’s categorization of English and French words.  Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Quebec, QC.

Londei-Shortall, J., Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, June). Different words different kinds? Infants’ expectations when exposed to new words . Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Quebec, QC.

da Estrela, C., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, June). Can infants learn foreign words? Native and nonnative word learning at 14-months.  Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Quebec, QC.

Byers-Heinlein, K . (2013, May). Code switching in comprehension: A challenge for bilingual infants. Talk given at the Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Garcia, B., & Byers-Heinlein, K.  (2013, May). Maybe she isn’t born with it: Children’s belief on native language acquisition.  Poster presented at the Centre for Research on Mind, Language, and Brain Symposium on Music and Language, Montreal, QC.

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2013, April). Bilingual infants’ processing of mixed-language sentences. Talk given at the meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & da Estrela, C. (2013, April). Foreign sentence frames interfere with word learning at 14-months. Talk given at the meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Wilkinson, R. P., &  Byers-Heinlein, K. (2013, April). Monolingual and bilingual children alike demonstrate semantic priming at two years of age. Talk given at the meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Rebner, L. (2012, October). Language differentiation by 20-month-old bilingual infants. Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Child Language, Boston, Mass. View the poster here

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2012, mai). Le bébé bilingue : Quelles informations sont disponibles dans l’environnement pour différencier les langues? Affiche présentée au colloquium des “Recherches sur le bilinguisme et le multilinguisme: Un partage du savoir” de l' Association francophone pour le savoir, Montreal, QC.  Voir l'affiche ici

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2011, November). Does bilingual infants' input provide consistent cues to the language being spoken? Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Child Language, Boston, Mass. View the poster here

Fennell, C.T., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2011, November). Monolingual and bilingual infants' use of atypical phonetic information in word learning. Talk presented at the Boston University Conference on Child Language, Boston, Mass.

Fennell, C.T., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2011, June). Sentential cues to a word’s language boost bilingual and monolingual infants’ learning of minimal pairs.  Poster presented at the 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Oslo, Norway.

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2011, April). Language mixing by bilingual parents is related to smaller vocabularies in bilingual 1- and 20 year-olds. Poster presented at the Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2011, April). Does the structure of the lexicon influence the development of mutual exclusivity?  Talk presented at the Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal.

Yeung, H.H., Molavi, B., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2011, March). An open-source MATLAB platform for implementing the high-amplitude sucking (HAS) procedure. Talk presented at the Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal.

Molavi, B., Yeung, H.H., Byers-Heinlein, K., Gervain, J., Dumon, G., & Werker, J.F. (2010, October). Motion artifact removal from fNIRS signals using a wavelet-based method. Poster presented at the Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Conference, Cambridge, Mass.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2010, March). How bilingual experience shapes early word learning. Talk given at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Fennell, C.T., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2010, March). Cues to a word's language boost bilingual infants' learning of minimal pairs. Talk given at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

  • Symposium co-organizer

Byers-Heinlein, K. (2009, November). Characterizing bilingual input:  A self-report measure of language mixing by bilingual parents. Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Child Language Development, Boston.  View the poster here

  • Winner of Paula Menyuk Travel award

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2009, April). Mutual exclusivity (and sometimes lack thereof) in bilingual and trilingual 18-month-olds. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver.

Fennell, C.F., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2009, April). Sentential context improves bilingual iinfants' use of phonetic detail in novel words. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver. View the poster here

Chen, K.H., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Xu, F. (2009, April). Do you know what I know? Two-year-olds' understanding of the conventional nature of language. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver. View the poster here

Werker, J.F., Byers-Heinlein, K., Burns, T.C., & Gervain, J. (2009, April). Perceptual Discrimination and Perceptual Learning Mechanisms Support Bilingual and Monolingual Acquisition in Infancy. Talk given at the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Fennell, C.T., & Werker, J.F. (2008, October). Word learning in monolingual and bilingual infants. Poster presented at the International Conference on Models of Interaction in Bilinguals, Bangor, UK.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Werker, J.F., & Burns, T.C. (2008, March). Language preference and discrimination in newborns with prenatal bilingual exposure. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver, Canada.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2007, September). Using mutual exclusivity to probe the structure of the early bilingual lexicon. Poster presented at the Rovereto Workshop on Bilingualism, Rovereto, Italy.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Pons, F., Werker, J.F., & Markel, C. (2007, June). When distributions aren’t learned. Talk given at the Artificial Grammar and Statistical Learning Workshop, Calgary, AL.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2007, June). Chinese-English bilinguals can disambiguate novel words at 18-months. Poster presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Hamburg, Germany.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2007, March). Familiar word recognition in bilingual infants. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston.

Markel, C., Byers-Heinlein, K., Pons, F., & Werker, J.F. (2007, March). Finding a consonant boundary in two Spanish dialects. Poster presented at the 9th Annual UBC Psychology Undergraduate Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2006, June). Word-learning at 18-months: A Comparison of monolingual and bilingual infants. Talk given at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Kyoto, Japan.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Yeung,, H.H., Werker, J.F., & Biesanz, J. (2006, June). The “Switch” design in word learning: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Kyoto, Japan.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Yeung,, H.H., Werker, J.F., & Biesanz, J. (2006, June). Patterns in associative word learning: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, Alberta.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2005, June). Peeking into the mind of the young bilingual word learner. Talk given at 35th annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Fennell, C., Werker, J.F., Byers-Heinlein, K. (2005, March). The impact of native languages’ phonologies on infant bilinguals’ use of detail in word forms. Talk given at 4th annual symposium on bilingualism, Barcelona, Spain.

Byers-Heinlein, K., & Titone, D. (2003, April). Do the sounds of a word speak for themselves? Examining context effects in spoken word recognition. Poster presented at McGill Psychology Student Research Day, Montreal, Quebec.