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University of Pittsburgh

Melinda Fricke

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

MA, University of California, Berkeley

BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact Info:

2822 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5918


Personal Website

Courses taught

LING 1000, Introduction to Linguistics

LING 1579, Phonology

LING 1903, Undergraduate Directed Research

Research Interests

Melinda’s research uses experimental and corpus linguistic methods to study the psycholinguistic processes involved in speech production and speech perception, with a particular focus on bilingual speakers.  She is broadly interested in the interplay between lexical access and phonetic variation.  Her current work examines the production and perception of phonetic variation during codeswitching.

Selected Publications


Fricke, M., & Kootstra, G. J. (in press). Primed codeswitching in spontaneous bilingual dialogue. Journal of Memory and Language.


Fricke, M., Kroll, J. F., & Dussias, P. E. (2016). Phonetic variation in bilingual speech: A lens for studying the production–comprehension link. Journal of Memory and Language89, 110-137.


Fricke, M., Baese-Berk, M. M., & Goldrick, M. (2016). Dimensions of similarity in the mental lexicon. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience31(5), 639-645.


Jacobs, A., Fricke, M., & Kroll, J. F. (2016). CrossLanguage Activation Begins During Speech Planning and Extends Into Second Language Speech. Language Learning, 66(2), 324-353.