Associate Professor
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences & Linguistics

Joint Programmatic Appointment Psychological & Brain Sciences
Training Faculty, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

sarunach [at] bu [dot] edu

My research interests include language acquisition and language processing in young children (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers)–both typically-developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder or language delay. I am particularly interested in how children acquire the lexical and event semantic properties of verbs, how they represent these along with their syntactic properties, and how they access these representations during online comprehension.

My work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, the Charles H. Hood Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Sleep Research Society Foundation, and the Language Learning journal.

Visit my lab for more information about my research on language and cognitive development.

Recent publications



Postdoctoral training, Northwestern University (Psychology)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Linguistics), 2007
M.A., University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), 2003
B.A., University of Southern California (Linguistics/Psychology), 2001