Englisches Seminar

Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber

Chair of Psycholinguistics and Applied Language Studies

Andrea Weber conducted the research for her PhD in the Comprehension Group of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen under the supervision of Anne Cutler and Natasha Warner. Her research was awarded in 2001 with the prestigious Otto-Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society. After receiving her PhD from the Radboud University, postdoctoral fellowships followed at the City University of New York and Saarland University. In 2007, Weber was granted the Max Planck W2 Minerva program which allowed her to lead an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. In 2012, she took up a full-time professorship at Tübingen University. Weber’s research has focused primarily on how our experience with languages shapes our perception of spoken language. Specifically, how we learn the sounds and words of our languages, and how the store and access them when needed for language use.


Recent Publications


  • Broersma, M., & Weber, A. (accepted). Spoken word recognition in bilingualism. Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. 2nd edition.
  • Beck, S. D., & Weber, A. (2022). Unlocking the key to L2 idiomatic processing: Non-native listeners’ idiomatic processing is not immediately affected by the idiomatic key. Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2020.
  • Cutler, A., Ernestus, M., Warner, N., & Weber, A. (2022). Managing big data in speech perception (pp.565-573). In A. Berez-Kroeker, B. McDonnell, E. Koller & L. Collister (eds.), The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Mitterer, H., & Weber, A. (submitted). The effect of early exposure on phonological acquisition: Comparing German and Maltese learners’ mastery of final-obstruent voicing in English.
  • Truong, T. L., & Weber, A. (2022). Trust issues: The effect of speaker age on credibility. Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence.


  • Beck, S. D., & Weber, A. (2021). Phrasal learning is a horse apiece: No memory advantages for idioms in L1 and L2 adult learners. Frontiers in Psychology,12, 591364.
  • Truong, T. L., Beck, S. D., & Weber, A. (2021). The impact of face masks on the recall of spoken sentences. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149, 142-144.
  • Truong, T. L., & Weber, A. (2021). Intelligibility and recall of sentences spoken by adult and child talkers wearing face masks. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150, 1674-1681.


  • Beck, S. D., & Weber, A. (2020). Context and literality in idiom processing: Evidence from self-paced reading. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.
  • Kessler, R., Weber, A., & Friedrich C. K. (2020). Activation of literal word meanings in idioms: Evidence from eye-tracking and ERP. Language & Speech, 1-31.
  • Asano, Y., Yuan, C., Grohe, A.-K., Weber, A., Antoniou, M., & Cutler, A. (2020). Uptalk interpretation as a function of listening experience. In N. Minematsu, M. Kondo, T. Arai, & R. Hayashi (Eds.), Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2020 (pp. 735-739). Tokyo: ISCA.


  • Beck, S. D., & Weber, A. (2019). Context matters, figuratively, for L2 readers: Evidence from self-paced reading. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, 1, e057. https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-mncb-c270

Older Publications


  • Grohe, A.-K., & Weber, A. (2018). Memory advantage for produced words and familiar native accents. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2018.1499659
  • Weber, A., & Broersma, M. (2018). Die Erkennung gesprochener Wörter in einer L2. In S. Schimke & H. Holger (Hrsg.), Sprachverarbeitung im Zweitspracherwerb (pp. 55-74). Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter.


  • Kember, H., Grohe, A.-K., Zahner, K., Braun, B., Weber, A., & Cutler, A. (2017). Similar prosodic structure perceived differently in German and English. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, (pp. 1388-1392). Stockholm, Sweden.















  • Weber, A., & Cutler, A. (2003). Perceptual similarity co-existing with lexical dissimilarity. Abstracts of the 146th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 114, 2422.
  • Weber, A., & Smits, R. (2003). Consonant and vowel confusion patterns by American English listeners. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2003), (pp. 1437-1440). Adelaide: Causal Productions.





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