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Krista Byers-Heinlein

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Assistant Professor
PhD, University of British Columbia

Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2208
E-mail: k.byers@concordia.ca

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My research investigates infant development, with a focus on language acquisition. I use primarily behavioral methods such as eye tracking, looking-time, sucking, and reaching measures. I am particularly interested in infants growing up in bilingual environments and the mechanisms that they use to acquire two languages simultaneously. Some current projects compare speech perception and word learning in monolingual and bilingual infants. A related line of work investigates bilingual parenting, and how the language strategies used by bilingual families influence children’s language learning.

Selected Publications

  • Byers-Heinlein, K., Fennell, C.T., & Werker, J.F. (2012). The development of associative word learning in monolingual and bilingual infants. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. doi:10.1017/S1366728912000417 link to paper
  • 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1366728911000010 link to paper
  • May, L., Byers-Heinlein, K., Gervain, J., & Werker, J.F. (2011). Language and the newborn brain: Does prenatal language experience shape the neonate neural response to speech? Frontiers in Language Sciences. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00222 link to paper
  • 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, 492-504. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2010.12.00 link to paper
  • 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 link to paper
  • 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 link to paper
  • 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 link to paper
  • 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 link to paper


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