Speak your Dialect

When bilinguals speak, both fluent language systems become activated in parallel and exert an influence on speech production. As a consequence of maintaining separation between the two linguistic systems, bilinguals are purported to develop enhanced executive control functioning. Like bilinguals, individuals who speak two dialects must also maintain separation between two linguistic systems, albeit to a lesser degree. This line of research is dedicated to investigating parallels and differences between bilingual and bidialectal cognitive and linguistic processing. We aim to position bidialectalism on the monolingual-bilingual continuum.

Relevant Publications:

Melinger, A. (2020). Do elevators compete with lifts?: Selecting Dialect Alternatives, Cognition, 206. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104471

Melinger, A. (2018). Distinguishing languages from dialects: a litmus test using the Picture-word interference task, Cognition, 172, 73-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.12.006

Ross, J. & Melinger, A. (2017). Bilingual advantage, bi-dialectal advantage or neither?: Comparing performance across 3 tests of executive function in middle childhood. Developmental Science, 20(4), 1-21. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12405

Martin, C.D., Garcia, X., Potter, D., Melinger, A., & Costa, A. (2015). Holiday or vacation? The processing of variation in vocabulary across dialects. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1080/2327398.2015.1100750

Eisner, F., Melinger, A., & Weber, A. (2013). Constraints on the transfer of perceptual learning in accented speech. Frontiers in Cognition. 4:148. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00148

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