Welcome to the website for the Language Variation and Cognition Lab! We are located in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. The lab is directed by Meredith Tamminga. We work closely with David Embick and his lab.
We are affiliated with MindCORE, Penn’s hub for the integrative study of the mind, as well as several of its supported research groups:
- The Integrated Language Sciences and Technology Initiative
- The Social and Behavioral Sciences Initiative
- The Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group
Our research is situated at the intersection of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. Lab members work on a broad range of topics that are tied together by our shared aims of:
- Modeling the mental representation and processing of inter- and intra-speaker linguistic variability
- Using psycholinguistic evidence as a window on the relationship between social and grammatical influences on variable behavior
- Integrating experimental and naturalistic linguistic data across diverse populations
- Relating individual and group-level linguistic behavior and phenomena, especially with respect to language change
- Developing quantitative approaches to the microtemporal dynamics of language variation in perception and production
For selected papers and presentations, see the Research page.
Inquiries from both prospective undergraduate RAs and prospective Ph.D. students should be directed to Meredith Tamminga.