Meredith Tamminga

Meredith Tamminga

Associate Professor

University of Pennsylvania


I am an Associate Professor and the Graduate Chair of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. I direct the Language Variation and Cognition Lab and am a lead researcher on the Philadelphia Signs Project. I am an Associate Editor at Language and Glossa Psycholinguistics. I’m also affiliated with three initiatives at MindCORE, Penn’s hub for the integrative study of the mind: the Social and Behavioral Sciences Initiative, the Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group, and Integrated Language Sciences and Technology.


  • Sociolinguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language change


  • PhD in Linguistics, 2014

    University of Pennsylvania

  • BA in Linguistics, 2009

    McGill University

Recent publications

Intra- and interspeaker repetitiveness in Chengdu Mandarin locative variation

The activation of embedded (pseudo-)stems in auditory lexical processing: implications for models of spoken word recognition

Frequency and morphological complexity in variation

Individual differences in simultaneous perceptual compensation for coarticulatory and lexical cues

Coherence across social and temporal scales


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  • Enter at 3417 Walnut and take the elevator to the third floor. In Suite 300C, go past the Linguistics main office to the end of the hall, then take a left, then a right. My office is Room 316C.