I am a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UC San Diego. My main (but not only) area of interest is discourse interpretation, studied from the perspectives of theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Explore the links above and below to find out more about me.

I direct the department's Computational Linguistics Lab. My students are Eric Meinhardt, Till Poppels, and Joshua Wampler.

Congratulations to Gary Patterson, who successfully defended and filed his PhD thesis this past March!

On the stack (and recently off):

  • Andrew Kehler and Hannah Rohde. "Prominence and Coherence in a Bayesian Theory of Pronoun Interpretation", Journal of Pragmatics, to appear.
  • Invited Speaker, Prominence in Language 2018, Cologne, Germany, July 11-13, 2018.
  • Till Poppels and Andrew Kehler. "Asymmetries in voice-mismatched VP-ellipsis", talk presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, April 26-28, 2018.
  • Till Poppels and Andrew Kehler. "Reconsidering asymmetries in voice-mismatched verb phrase ellipsis", poster presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, March 15-17, 2018.
  • Till Poppels and Andrew Kehler. "Overcoming the Identity Crisis: Novel Evidence for a Referential Theory of Verb Phrase Ellipsis", to appear in the Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, May 25-27, 2017.
  • Invited Speaker, Joint SEMdial and SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialog, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany, August 15-17, 2017.
  • Invited Speaker, Workshop on Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis, 2017 LSA Institute, University of Kentucky, July 29, 2017.
  • Till Poppels and Andrew Kehler. "Verb Phrase Ellipsis is Discourse Reference: Novel Evidence from Dialogue", poster to be presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 22, Potsdam, September 7-10, 2017.
  • Andrew Kehler and Jonathan Cohen. "On Convention and Coherence". To appear in Beyond Semantics and Pragmatics, edited by Gerhard Preyer, Oxford University Press.
  • Andrew Kehler. "Coherence Relations". To appear in the Oxford Handbook of Event Structure, edited by Robert Truswell, Oxford University Press.
  • Andrew Kehler. "Ellipsis and Discourse". To appear in the Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis, edited by Jeroen van Craenenbroeck and Tanja Temmerman, Oxford University Press.
  • Invited Speaker and Participant, EMNLP Workshop on Uphill Battles in Language Processing, Austin, TX, November 5, 2106.
  • Quoted in Bloomberg View story "Interruptology Explains the Presidential Debates" by Faye Flam, picked up by the Chicago Tribune and various other news outlets.
  • Mieko Ueno and Andrew Kehler. "Grammatical and Pragmatic Factors in the Interpretation of Japanese Null and Overt Pronouns", Linguistics, 56(4), 2016.
  • Quoted in Bloomberg View story "Forget Facts. Check the Candidates' Innuendo" by Faye Flam, picked up by the Chicago Tribune and various other news outlets.
  • Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler. "Testing a Bayesian Pronoun Interpretation Model with Chinese Ba and Bei". Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Austin, TX, January 5-8, 2017.
  • Invited Speaker, Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA, July 18, 2016.
  • Keynote Speaker, CORBON 2016, San Diego, June 16, 2016.
  • Andrew Kehler and Hannah Rohde. "Evaluating an Expectation-Driven QUD Model of Discourse Interpretation", Discourse Processes 54(3), pp. 219-238, 2017.
  • Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler. "Bayesian Pronoun Interpretation in Mandarin Chinese". Presented at CogSci 2016, Philadelphia, August 10-13, 2016.
  • Andrew Kehler and Jonathan Cohen. "On the Presuppositional Behavior of Coherence-Driven Pragmatic Enrichments". Presented at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26 (SALT-26), May 12-15, 2016. Paper available here.
  • Invited Speaker, Mayfest 2016, University of Maryland, May 6-7, 2016.
  • Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler. "Bayesian Pronoun Interpretation in Mandarin Chinese". Presented at the 28th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, May 5-8, 2016.
  • Mark Myslin, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler. "Comprehenders Infer Influences of Discourse Intent and Speaker Knowledge State on Linguistic Form". Presented at the 52nd meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, Chicago, IL, April 21-23, 2016.
  • Mark Myslin, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler. "Comprehenders Infer Influences of Discourse Intent and Speaker Knowledge State on Linguistic Form". Talk presented at CUNY Sentence Processing 2016, University of Florida, March 2-5, 2016.
  • Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler. "Bayesian Pronoun Interpretation in Mandarin Chinese". Poster presented at CUNY Sentence Processing 2016, University of Florida, March 2-5, 2016.
  • Invited speaker, Semantics, Pragmatics and Language Philosophy (SPLAP) Workshop on Semantics & Cognition, University of California Santa Cruz, Februrary 6, 2016.
  • Invited speaker, Cognition and Language Workshop, Stanford University, October 29, 2015.
  • Invited speaker, 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Workshop on Prominence in Pragmatics, Leiden, September 2-5, 2015.
  • Andrew Kehler and Hannah Rohde. "Pronominal Reference and Pragmatic Enrichment: A Bayesian Account" Presented at CogSci 2015, Pasadena, June 23-25, 2015. Paper available here.
  • Invited Speaker, Workshop on Language & Common Sense: Integrating Across Psychology, Linguistics, and Computer Science. Held at CogSci 2015, Pasadena, June 22, 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2015 (CMCL-2015), Denver, CO, June 4, 2015.
  • Jonathan Cohen and Andrew Kehler. "Conversational Eliciture". Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (long-form oral presentation), Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, June 4-6, 2015.
  • Andrew Kehler. "On QUD-based Licensing of Strict and Sloppy Ambiguities". Presented at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 25 (SALT-25), May 15-17, 2015. Paper available here.
  • Guest Faculty, Faculty of English and American Studies, Université Paris Diderot, March 21-April 4, 2015.
  • Plenary speaker at the Textlink Action conference, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, January 26-28, 2015.
  • Andrew Kehler and Hannah Rohde. "Pronominal Reference and Pragmatic Enrichment: A Bayesian Analysis". Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, Oregon, January 8-11, 2015.

  • Course announcements:

  • I'm on Sabbatical during the Fall quarter. I'll be teaching Lign 17 (Making and Breaking Codes) and a graduate seminar in the Winter.