Bio

Biography

Check out my lab webpage here.

I am a graduate of the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. My dissertation was an experimental study of the representation of morphological information in the mental lexicon. After completing my degree, I took up a three year post-doctoral position working with Willem Levelt, from the Production Group, and Sotaro Kita, in the Gesture Project, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. I also spent three years as a Post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in Psycholinguistics at Saarland University in Germany working with Matthew Crocker. I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee in 2006.

Research

My research combines linguistic theory, psychological models, and experimental methodology into a line of research that investigates what speakers know about words. Specifically, I conduct research on the nature and organization of lexical representations, focusing more recently grammatical features in speech production (e.g., subcategorization frames, mass/count features, case features, etc) and the nature of different types of semantic relations (e.g., a comparison of effects arising from the relationship between dog and horse and the relationship between horse and saddle). I've developed novel variants of well-known experimental paradigms such as picture-word interference and syntactic priming to investigate lexical representations and processes. I developed a single word variant of traditional syntactic priming paradigms to investigate the mechanisms underlying word order priming effects. Rasha Abdel Rahman and I also developed a multiple word variant of picture-word interference paradigm to investigate the relationships between different types of distractor effects.

Teaching

Individual Differences and Personality (Level 1)

Language (Level 3)

Gesture, Cognition, and Communication (Level 4 and Msc)

Publications

Ross, J & Melinger, A 2017,

'Bilingual advantage, bidialectal advantage or neither?: Comparing performance across three tests of executive function in middle childhood' Developmental Science, vol 20, no. 4, e12405, pp. 1-21. DOI:
10.1111/desc.12405

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A & Waller, A 2016,

'Taxonomic and Thematic Semantic Organization of Adults with Cerebral Palsy' Communication Matters - CM2016 National Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom, 11/09/16 - 13/09/16, .

Research output: Contribution To Conference



Martin, CD, Garcia, X, Potter, D, Melinger, A & Costa, A 2016,

'Holiday or vacation? The processing of variation in vocabulary across dialects' Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, vol 31, no. 3, pp. 375-390. DOI:
10.1080/23273798.2015.1100750

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Open Science Collaboration 2015,

'Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science' Science, vol 349, no. 6251, aac4716. DOI:
10.1126/science.aac4716

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A, Branigan, HP & Pickering, MJ 2014,

'Parallel processing in language production' Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, vol 29, no. 6, pp. 663-683. DOI:
10.1080/23273798.2014.906635

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Eisner, F, Melinger, A & Weber, A 2013,

'Constraints on the transfer of perceptual learning in accented speech' Frontiers in Psychology, vol 4, 148. DOI:
10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00148

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A & Abdel Rahman, R 2013,

'Lexical selection is competitive: evidence from indirectly activated semantic associates during picture naming' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, vol 39, no. 2, pp. 348-364. DOI:
10.1037/a0028941

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Aristei, S, Melinger, A & Rahman, RA 2011,

'Electrophysiological chronometry of semantic context effects in language production' Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol 23, no. 7, pp. 1567-1586. DOI:
10.1162/jocn.2010.21474

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rahman, RA & Melinger, A 2011,

'The dynamic microstructure of speech production: semantic interference built on the fly' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, vol 37, no. 1, pp. 149-161. DOI:
10.1037/a0021208

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A & Cleland, AA 2011,

'The influence of sentential position on noun phrase structure priming' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 64, no. 11, pp. 2211-2235. DOI:
10.1080/17470218.2011.586709

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Janssen, N, Melinger, A, Mahon, BZ, Finkbeiner, M & Caramazza, A 2010,

'The word class effect in the picture-word interference paradigm' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 63, no. 6, pp. 1233-1246. DOI:
10.1080/17470210903377380

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rahman, RA & Melinger, A 2009,

'Semantic context effects in language production: a swinging lexical network proposal and a review' Language and Cognitive Processes, vol 24, no. 5, pp. 713-734. DOI:
10.1080/01690960802597250

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rahman, RA & Melinger, A 2009,

'Dismissing lexical competition does not make speaking any easier: a rejoinder to Mahon and Caramazza (2009)' Language and Cognitive Processes, vol 24, no. 5, pp. 749-760. DOI:
10.1080/01690960802648491

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Schulte Im Walde, S, Melinger, A, Roth, M & Weber, A 2008,

'An empirical characterisation of response types in German association norms' Research on Language and Computation, vol 6, no. 2, pp. 205-238. DOI:
10.1007/s11168-008-9048-4

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Alario, F-X, Ayora, P, Costa, A & Melinger, A 2008,

'Grammatical and Non-grammatical contributions to closed-class word selection.' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 960-981. DOI:
10.1037/0278-7393.34.4.960

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rahman, RA & Melinger, A 2008,

'Enhanced phonological facilitation and traces of concurrent word form activation in speech production: An object-naming study with multiple distractors' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 61, no. 9, pp. 1410-1440. DOI:
10.1080/17470210701560724

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A, Pechmann, T & Pappert, S 2008,

Case in Language Production. in A Malchukov & A Spencer (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Case. Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 384-401. DOI:
10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199206476.013.0026

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Rahman, RA & Melinger, A 2007,

'When bees hamper the production of honey: Lexical interference from associates in speech production' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, vol 33, no. 3, pp. 604-614. DOI:
10.1037/0278-7393.33.3.604

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A & Kita, S 2007,

'Conceptualisation load triggers gesture production' Language and Cognitive Processes, vol 22, no. 4, pp. 473-500. DOI:
10.1080/01690960600696916

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A & Koenig, J-P 2007,

'Part-of-speech persistence: the influence of part-of-speech information on lexical processes' Journal of Memory and Language, vol 56, no. 4, pp. 472-489. DOI:
10.1016/j.jml.2006.12.001

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Melinger, A & Dobel, C 2005,

'Lexically-driven syntactic priming' Cognition, vol 98, no. 1, pp. B11-B20. DOI:
10.1016/j.cognition.2005.02.001

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Activities

Women in Science

Role: Speaker
Activity: Festival/Exhibition

5 3 2017

Institue of Social Sciences Research Launch

Role: Organiser
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

13 6 2017