Language Variation & Cognition Lab

Current lab members


Meredith Tamminga is the lab director and an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.


Amy Goodwin Davies is a graduate student in Linguistics. Her research interests include the mental representation of morphosyntactic structure and clinical applications of linguistics.


Sabriya Fisher is a graduate students in Linguistics. Her research interests are in language variation and change with a focus on African American English.


Duna Gylfadottir is a graduate student in Linguistics. Her primary interests are language variation and dialect accommodation.


Wei Lai is a graduate student in Linguistics. Her research interests include speech production and perception and the suprasegmental part of speech.


Ruaridh Purse is a graduate student in Linguistics. His primary interests lie within phonetics and phonology, with particular emphasis on the articulatory realities of variable phenomena and exploring systematic articulatory variation.


Betsy Sneller is a graduate student in Linguistics. Her primary interest is in language variation and change.


Lacey Arnold Wade is a graduate student in Linguistics. She is primarily interested in language variation and change and the relationship between production and perception.


Yosiane White is a graduate student in Linguistics. Her research interests include socio- and psycholinguistic models related to language variation in accents and dialects.


Robert Wilder is a graduate student in Linguistics. His dissertation concerns the mental representation of speakers’ voices. Other research interests include experimental morphosyntax and neuro-linguistics.


Lab alumni


Hezekiah Akiva Bacovcin completed a Ph.D. in Linguistics in May 2017. His primary interests are in syntactic processing and the interaction of theoretical questions and linguistic variation/change.


Eli Cooper was our lab coordinator from 2014-2017. She completed her Bachelor’s in Linguistics from the University of Maryland. Her primary interests are the evolution of language and speech perception/production.


Edward Rider-Bezerra completed an MA in Linguistics in May 2017. His primary interests include language change and morphosyntactic processing, as well as the relationship between memory and language.