James N. Stanford

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Linguistics

  • Chair of Linguistics

Jim Stanford is a sociolinguist who focuses on dialects and quantitative analyses of language variation and change, including collaborative research with underrepresented Indigenous language communities, such as Sui, Hmong, Na, and other languages of China and southeast Asia. He also conducts fieldwork on English dialects of New England and other topics in North American English. These various research projects involve acoustic sociophonetics, sociotonetics, tone languages, urban dialectology, rural dialectology, child dialect acquisition, dialect geography, endangered languages, dialect contact, gender, exogamy, kinship, social identity, and computational sociolinguistics.


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  • B.Sc. Calvin College
  • Ph.D. Michigan State University

Selected Publications

  • "Structure, chronology, and local social meaning of a supra-local vowel shift: Emergence of the Low-Back-Merger Shift (LBMS) in New England," with Monica Nesbitt. 2021. Language Variation and Change 33(3):269-95. link

  • "Advances in completelautomated vowel analysis for sociophonetics: Using end-to-end speech recognition systems with DARLA," with Rolando Coto-Solano and Sravana Reddy. 2021. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Computational Sociolinguistics Vol. 4Article 662097. link

  • "A modern update on New England dialectology: Introducing the Dartmouth New England English Database" (DNEED). 2020. American Speech. Advance Publication: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-8662137

  • New England English: Large-Scale Acoustic Sociophonetics and Dialectology. 2019. Oxford University Press. link

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Works In Progress

Ongoing research:

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