I am a linguist in the PhD program at Stanford University.  I am advised primarily by Penny Eckert and Rob Podesva, and have collaborated with Rebekah Baglini.

At the moment, I’m interested in how social meaning and semantic/pragmatic meaning interact.  My current work focuses on “the pragmatics of persona” — how personae impact pragmatic interpretation.  This encompasses phenomena like dogwhistles, slurs, political slogans and unarticulated content.

You can email me at: erlake@stanford.edu