Research Interests

My research interests are at the interface of sociolinguistics and semantics/pragmatics – primarily how social meaning interacts with semantic/pragmatic meaning.

Sociolinguistics: social meaning; persona and style; language variation; language ideologies; expressive meaning; iconic meaning; discourse analysis

Semantics/pragmatics: implicit or underspecified content, presupposition and implicature, inferences, expressivity; iconicity; ideophones; quotation; narration strategies

Socio-pragmatics: the pragmatics of persona; social meaning as grounds for interpretation; inference/interpretation manipulation; interpretation of missing or underspecified content; strategies for plausible deniability; dogwhistles; political slogans