James N. Stanford

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Jim Stanford is a sociolinguist who focuses on dialects and quantitative analyses of language variation and change in underrepresented indigenous minority languages, including Sui, Hmong, and other languages of China and southeast Asia. He also conducts fieldwork on English dialects of New England. His research includes acoustic sociophonetics, sociotonetics, tone languages, endangered languages, dialect contact, gender, exogamy, kinship and social identity, child dialect acquisition, dialect geography, urban dialectology, rural dialectology, and computational methods for linguistic research.

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Department:
Cognitive Science
Linguistics
Education:
B.Sc. Calvin College
Ph.D. Michigan State University

Selected Publications

"A call for more diverse sources of data: Variationist approaches in non-English contexts." Journal of Sociolinguistics (2016) 20:4, 525-41, special issue commemorating 50 years since Labov (1966). link

With Kalina Newmark and Nacole Walker. "The rez accent knows no borders": Native American ethnic identity expressed through English prosody. Language in Society (2016) 45(5):633-664. link

"Sociotonetics using connected speech: A study of Sui tone variation in free-speech style," Asia-Pacific Language Variation 2:1 (2016) 48-81. link

With Miriam Meyerhoff, "The changing face of sociolinguistics with a global perspective." Invited introduction chapter in Globalising sociolinguistics, Dick Smakman & Patrick Heinrich (eds). Routledge Press, (2015) 1-15.

"Toward completely automated vowel extraction: Introducing DARLA," Linguistics VanguardDOI: 10.1515/lingvan-2015-0002, with Sravana Reddy, (2015).
See also our website for DARLA (Dartmouth Linguistic Automation).

"A sociotonetic study of Lalo tone split in progress," Asia-Pacific Language Variation 1:1, with Cathryn Yang and Zhengyu Yang, (2015) 52-77. link

"A Web application for automated dialect analysis." Proceedings of the North American Association for Computational Linguistics 2015 Conference (NAACL-HLT 2015), with Sravana Reddy, 71-75.

"Language acquisition and language change," in Claire Bowern & Bethwyn Evans (eds) The Routledge handbook of historical linguistics, Routledge Press, (2014) 466-83.

"Multiple vectors of unidirectional dialect change in Eastern New England," Language Variation and Change 26:1, with Nathan Severance and Kenneth Baclawski, Jr. (2014) 103-140. link

"The sociolinguistics of exogamy: Dialect acquisition in a Zhuang village," Journal of Sociolinguistics 17:5, with Yanhong Pan (2013) 573-607. link

“Revisiting transmission and diffusion: An agent-based model of vowel chain shifts across large communities," Language Variation and Change 25(2), with Laurence A. Kenny, (2013) 119-153. link

“One size fits all? Dialectometry in a small clan-based indigenous society,” Language Variation and Change 24:2 (2012) 247-78. link

“Farewell to the founders: Major dialect changes along the East-West New England border,” American Speech 87(2), with Thomas Leddy-Cecere and Kenneth Baclawski, (2012) 126-69. link

“The influence of Mandarin Chinese on minority languages in rural southwest China: A sociolinguistic study of tones in contact,” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 215, with Jonathan P. Evans, (2012) 79-100. link

“A 50-year comparison of regional dialect variation in the Sui language,” Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 4:2 (2011) 120-43. link

“Gender, generations, and nations: An experiment in Hmong American discourse and sociophonetics,” Language and Communication 30:4 (2010) 285-96. link

“The role of marriage in linguistic contact and variation: Two Hmong dialects in Texas,” Journal of Sociolinguistics 14:1 (2010) 89-115. link

"The sustainability of languages," International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 6(3), with Lindsay Whaley, (2010) 87-101. link

“‘Eating the food of our place’: Sociolinguistic loyalties in multidialectal Sui villages,” Language in Society 38:3 (2009) 287-309. link

Variation in indigenous minority languages, with Dennis R. Preston (eds), (2009). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. link

“A sociotonetic analysis of Sui dialect contact,” Language Variation and Change 20:3 (2008) 409-450. link

“Child dialect acquisition: New perspectives on parent/peer influence,” Journal of Sociolinguistics 12:5 (2008) 567-596. link

"Sui adjective reduplication as poetic morpho-phonology," Journal of East Asian Linguistics 16:2 (2007) 87-111. link

"Lexicon and description of Sui adjective intensifiers," Linguistic Discovery 5:1 (2007) 1-27. link

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Works in Progress

Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages, Sociophonetics, Tone, Dialectology, Minority Languages of China, New England English dialects