Science communication

May 2021: "There's a neurological reason you say 'um' when you think of a word", Massive Science [link]

April 2021: Series of Q&As with non-academic professionals doing language sciences, UBC Language Sciences. [1, 2]

February 2021: "The Benefits of Being Raised Bilingually", The Globe and Mail. [link]

July 2019: "The amazing baby brain says 'pas de problème' with bilingualism", The Conversation. [English, French]


Academic Publications

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Orena,A.J., & Werker, J.F. (in press). Infants' mapping of new voices to new faces.

Kremin, L., Orena,A.J., Polka, L., &Byers-Heinlein, K. (2021). Code-switching in parents’ everyday speech to bilingual infants. Journal of Child Language. View online.

Byers-Heinlein, K.,Tsui, A. S. M., Bergmann, C., Black, A., Brown, A., Orena, A.J., et al. (2020). A multi-lab study of bilingual infants: Exploring the preference for infant-directed speech. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. View online.

The Many Babies Consortium (2020). Quantifying sources of variability in infancy research using the infant-directed speech preference. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. View online.

Orena, A.J., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Polka, L. (2019). What do bilingual infants actually hear? Evaluating measures of caregiver speech to10-month-old, bilingual-learning infants. Developmental Science. View online.

Orena, A.J., Byers-Heinlein, K., & Polka, L. (2019). Reliability of the Language Environment Analysis (LENA) in a French-English bilingual speech context. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. doi:10.1044/2019_JSLHR-L-18-0342. View online.

Orena, A.J., & Polka, L. (2019). Monolingual and bilingual infants’ word segmentation abilities in an inter-mixed dual-language task. Infancy.doi:10.1111/infa.12296. View online.

Orena, A.J., Theodore, R.M., & Polka, L. (2019). Identifying bilingual talkers across languages: Language experience matters. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(4), EL303. doi:10.1121/1.5097735. View online.

Polka, L., Orena, A.J., Sundara, M.,& Worrall, J. (2017). Segmenting words from fluent speech during infancy -challenges and opportunities in a bilingual context. Developmental Science,20(1). doi:10.1111/desc.12419. View online.

Kadam, M.A., Orena, A.J., 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-EL12. doi:10.1121/1.4937488. View online.

Orena, A.J. & White, K.S. (2015). I forget what that’s called! Children’s on-line processing of disfluencies depends on speaker knowledge. Child Development, 86(6), 1701-1709. doi:10.1111/cdev.12421. View online.

Orena, A.J., Theodore, R.M. & Polka, L. (2015). Language exposure facilitates talker learning prior to language comprehension, even in adults. Cognition,143, 36 - 40. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.06.002. View online.

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