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Stephen Politzer-Ahles

University of Kansas

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I am an associate teaching professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas.

I use online methods, including electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), eye-tracking, and behavioral techniques, to investigate the instantiation of abstract linguistic processes—such as how comprehenders integrate said (semantic) and un-said (pragmatic) aspects of meaning, and how un-pronounced phonological structure plays a role during speech. Much of my research on meaning focuses on pragmatic implicature, particularly scalar implicatures, and much of my research on sound focuses on phonological alternation, particularly tone sandhi.

My other interests include science fiction, anarchism, running, nerdy board games, veg thali, and badminton. You can see what I'm reading on StoryGraph (the non-Amazon equivalent of Goodreads), and you can see what video games I'm playing on Steam or on GOG (or watch my very-low-production-value Let's Plays on YouTube). Things that I am not good at include making a website that looks nice.