Sudha Arunachalam, PhD

Sudha Arunachalam, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, BU Child Language Lab
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), 2007
M.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), 2004
B.A., Linguistics/Psychology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), 2001
Website or Lab
Child Language Lab
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Scholarly Interests

Early language development, Language processing, Lexical and syntactic representation

Selected Presentations

  • Non-social teaching for non-social learning: A new approach to teaching vocabulary to children with ASD; Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders; Madison, WI; June, 2013 (with E McDermott, K Reilly)
  • Measuring receptive verb vocabulary in children with ASD; Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders; Madison, WI; June, 2013
  • The role of structural information in eliciting the ‘agent’ meaning with -er nominals: Experimental evidence; JeNom 5: Eventualities beyond verbs, Workshop on Nominalizations; Barcelona, Spain; June, 2013 (with I Roy, S Colonna, B Copley)
  • Watching children learn language: Eye-tracking for developmental linguistics; EyeTrackBehavior 2013; Boston, MA; April, 2013 Understanding conjoined-subject intransitives: Two-year-olds perform like adults; Society for Research in Child Develo Event completion requirements of Hindi and English perfectives; UMass Workshop on South Asian Syntax and Semantics; Amherst, MA; March, 2011
  • Verb learning in English- and Mandarin-acquiring 24-month-olds; Boston University Conference on Language Development; Boston, MA; November, 2010 (with E Leddon, X Fu, H Gong, L Wang, SR Waxman)
  • Specifying the role of linguistic information in verb learning; Boston University Conference on Language Development; Boston, MA; November, 2010 (with SR Waxman)
  • Projectionism, Non-Projectionism and the acquisition of argument structure; Verb Concepts: Cognitive Science Perspectives on Verb Representations and Processing; Montreal, Canada; October, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Arunachalam S, Leddon E, Song H, Lee Y, Waxman SR. Doing more with less: Verb learning in Korean-acquiring 24-month-olds. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics. In press.
  • Waxman SR, Fu X, Arunachalam S, Leddon E, Geraghty K, Song H. Nouns before verbs? Fresh insights and new cross-linguistic evidence. In press.
  • Arunachalam S. Experimental methods for linguists. Language and Linguistics Compass. 2013;7:221-232.
  • Arunachalam S, Escovar E, Hansen M, Waxman SR. Out of sight, but not out of mind: 21-month-olds use syntactic information to learn verbs even in the absence of a corresponding event. Language and Cognitive Processing. 2013;27:417-425.
  • Arunachalam S, Kothari A. An experimental study of Hindi and English perfective interpretation. Journal of South Asian Linguistics. 2012;4:27-42.
  • Arunachalam S, Waxman SR. Grammatical form and semantic context in verb learning. Language Learning and Development. 2011;7:169-184.
  • Arunachalam S, Waxman SR. Meaning from syntax: Evidence from 2-year-olds. Cognition. 2010;114:442-446.
  • Arunachalam S, Waxman SR. Language and conceptual development. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. 2010;1:548-558.
  • Almor A, Aronoff JM, MacDonald MC, Gonnerman LM, Kempler D, Hintiryan H, Hayes UL, Arunachalam S, Andersen ES. A common mechanism in verb and noun naming deficits in Alzheimer’s patients. Brain and Language. 2009;111:8-19.
  • Almor A, Arunachalam S, Strickland B. When the creampuff beat the boxer: Cost and function in reading metaphoric reference. Metaphor and Symbol. 2007;22:169-193.
  • Aronoff JM, Gonnerman LM, Almor A, Arunachalam S, Kempler D, Andersen ES. Information content versus relational knowledge: Semantic deficits in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. 2005;44:21-35.