Institutions: McGill University, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Research interests: Speech perception; Infant development; Bilingualism; Phonetic perception; Developmental psycholinguistics
Linda Polka’s research is aimed at understanding the skills and biases that the infants bring to speech perception development and how their speech processing changes with age and language experience. Her lab is currently engaged in perception and production research to test, refine and expand the Natural Referent Vowel (NRV) model, a conceptual framework emerging from our previous developmental cross-linguistic research. This is in addition to pursing research exploring the effects of bilingualism on various levels of speech processing including segmental (phonetic perception) and suprasegmental aspects (e.g. word segmentation, language discrimination and listening preferences in fluent speech) in infants and adults.