Melissa Baese-Berk

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics-Director of Undergraduate Studies-
Pronouns: she/her
Rosenwald 201B
PhD, Northwestern University, 2010
Teaching at UChicago since 2023
Research Interests: Phonology, phonetics, psycholinguistics, speech perception, speech production, second language acquisition

Dr. Melissa Baese-Berk studies the way we understand, produce, and learn spoken language, with an emphasis on second-language acquisition. She uses experimental and corpus-based methods to investigate how speakers and listeners produce and perceive language and how various cognitive, linguistic, and social factors impact these abilities. Some current projects examine communication between health-care providers and aging patients, the relationship between perception and production among learners of second languages, and a collaborative project examining what neural activity in mice during perception can tell us about how humans perceive speech. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. 

Recent Publications

Kato, M. and Baese-Berk, M. M. (in press) The effects of acoustic and semantic enhancements on perception of native and non-native speech. Language and Speech.

Afghani, C., Baese-Berk, M. M. and Waddell, G. (2023) Performance pay and non-native-language comprehension: Can we learn to communicate better when we’re paid to listen? Applied Psycholinguistics, 44(SI4), 593-609.

Alderete, J., Baese-Berk, M. M., Brasoveanu, A., & Law, J. H. K. (2023). A new corpus of lexical substitution and word blend errors: Probing the semantic structure of lemma access failures. Journal of Cognition, 6(1): 26, 1-8.

Baese-Berk, M. M., Levi, S. V. & Van Engen, K. J. (2023) Intelligibility as a measure of speech perception: Current approaches, challenges and recommendations. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 153(1), 68-76.

Baese-Berk, M. M. and Reed, P. E. (2023) Addressing diversity in speech science courses. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 154(2), 918-925.

Coretta, S. et al. [157 authors, including Baese-Berk, M. M. and 4 graduate student authors  and 1 undergraduate student author from SPPLab] (2023). Multidimensional signals and analytic flexibility: Estimating degrees of freedom in human speech analyses. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 6(3) 1-29.

Nagle, C., Baese-Berk, M. M., Diantoro, C. & Kim, H. (2023) How good does this sound: Examining listener’s second language proficiency and their perception of category goodness in their native language. Languages, 8(1), 43.

Weissler, R. E.,  Drake, S., Kampf, K.Diantoro, C., Foster, K., Kirkpatrick, A., Preligera, I., Wesson, O., Wood, A., and Baese-Berk, M. M. (2023) Examining linguistic and experimenter bias through “non-native” and “native” speech. Applied Psycholinguistics, 44(SI4), 460-474.

Baese-Berk, M. M., Chandrasekaran, B. & Roark, C. L. (2022). The nature of non-native speech sound representations. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152(5), 3025-3034.

Baese-Berk, M. M. and Samuel, A. G. (2022). Just give it time: Differential effects of disruption and delay on perceptual learning. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 84, 960-980.

Bent, T., Baese-Berk, M. M., Ryherd, E., and Perry, S.  (2022). Intelligibility of medically related sentences in quiet, speech-shaped noise, and hospital noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 151(5), 3496-3508.