Alissa Melinger

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Bio

Biography

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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

To re-tune or not to re-tune : Comments on the flexible criterion
12/2018, Cognitive Neuropsychology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Comment/debate

The closer they are, the more they interfere : Semantic similarity of word distractors increases competition in language production
2/2018, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Distinguishing languages from dialects : A litmus test using the picture-word interference task
8/2015, Cognition
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Semantic Organization Preferences of AAC Users
9/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Abstract

Bilingual advantage, bidialectal advantage or neither? : Comparing performance across three tests of executive function in middle childhood
12/2015, Developmental Science
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Taxonomic and Thematic Semantic Organization of Adults with Cerebral Palsy
9/2016
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Poster

Holiday or vacation? The processing of variation in vocabulary across dialects
9/2015, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science
8/2015, Science
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Parallel processing in language production
/2014, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Constraints on the transfer of perceptual learning in accented speech
4/2013, Frontiers in Psychology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Press

Dundee University researchers breakthrough in language selection

Alissa Melinger

1/02/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



distinguishing dialects from languages

Alissa Melinger

8/01/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



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Activities

Institue of Social Sciences Research Launch

Alissa Melinger (Organiser)
13 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Activity Type: Attendance

Women in Science

Alissa Melinger (Speaker), Josephine Ross (Speaker), Mariel Symeonidou (Speaker), Yaroslava Goncharova (Speaker)
5 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

Activity Type: Attendance

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