Hello!

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

I’m interested in social meaning, language variation and change — specifically how speakers construct personae, what these social performances mean in interaction and how they build into the broader social and political landscape.

Previous work has looked at how social meaning and semantic/pragmatic meaning interact.  This focused on “the pragmatics of persona” — how personae impact pragmatic interpretation, looking at phenomena like dogwhistles, slurs, political slogans and unarticulated content.

You can email me at: erlake@stanford.edu