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 the Associate Director of Outreach at MindCORE, Penn’s hub for the integrative study of the mind. I am also affiliated with three MindCORE initiatives: 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

Frequency and morphological complexity in variation

Individual differences in simultaneous perceptual compensation for coarticulatory and lexical cues

Coherence across social and temporal scales

Phonological variation and lexical form

New and old puzzles in the morphological conditioning of coronal stop deletion


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