Stephen Politzer-Ahles

University of Oxford

stephen.politzer-ahles (at) ling-phil (dot) ox (dot) ac (dot) uk

I am a post-doctoral researcher with the Language and Brain Laboratory at the University of Oxford. I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Kansas, where I was affiliated with the Neurolinguistics & Language Processing Laboratory and the KU Phonetics & Psycholinguistics Laboratory. I also collaborate with the Center for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (脑科学与认知科学中心) at Peking University and the Language, Mind and Brain Lab at New York University Abu Dhabi.

I use online methods, including electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), 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. In particular, I am studying the online instantiation of pragmatic processing related to scalar inferencing (using MEG/EEG, reading times, and dual-task paradigms), and phonological encoding and phonological alternation during speech production (using implicit priming and MEG/EEG).

My other interests include Uyghur language, language policy (especially in East and Central Asia), slacktivism, running, nerdy board games (and I do mean nerdy), and badminton. Things that I am not good at include making a website that looks nice.