James N. Stanford, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Linguistics
Dartmouth College


About me:

I am interested in dialects, variationist sociolinguistics, and the overall research topic of language variation and change. I enjoy exploring diverse language communities and a wide range of linguistic variables and dialect features. Research projects include fieldwork in collaboration with the Sui community in China and other underrepresented groups in East/Southeast Asia, North America, and elsewhere. Before graduate school I lived in China for about 7 years where, among other eye-opening experiences, I learned Chinese and Sui, a Tai-Kadai minority language of Guizhou Province. Returning to the U.S. for graduate school, I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2007 from Michigan State University (adviser: Dennis Preston). I taught for a year in the Rice University Linguistics Department, and then joined Dartmouth Linguistics in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the summer of 2008. I am also involved in field research of New England English dialects and other aspects of North American English. Along with my sociolinguistic training, I also have a Bachelor of Science in Physics. As a result, I enjoy studying both the social, "human" side of language usage as well as quantitative analysis of linguistic variables. Thanks for visiting my page, and let me know if you have any questions or would like to get in touch. My contact information is given below.

Research and Publications

                                                                                                                                               Sui village in southwestern China
My Campus Contact Information:
218 Anon. Hall
Dartmouth College

Mailing Address:
Department of Linguistics

HB 6220
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

My Courses at Dartmouth:
Linguistics 17 Sociolinguistics
Linguistics 1 Introductory Linguistics
Linguistics 22 Syntax
Linguistics 20 Experimental Phonetics
Linguistics 35 Field Methods (Siswati, Otjiherero, Nepali, Georgian)
Linguistics 80 Advanced Seminar in Dialectology
Linguistics 50 Language and Gender
Linguistics 80 Advanced Seminar in Language and Gender
Linguistics 54 Polynesian Linguistics (Maori/Tongan), Dartmouth Foreign Studies Program in New Zealand
Linguistics 7 Language, Dialect, and Cross-Cultural Understanding

                                                            Mt. Moosilauke, New Hampshire        
                                           Dartmouth Linguistics hiking trip

Link to my research

Link to DARLA Dartmouth Linguistic Automation (phonetic alignment and formant extraction)

Media reporting about research:

1. Reporting on our New England English research:
-Boston NPR / WBUR radio interview link
-New York Times article about our New England research link
-Chronicle of Higher Education article link
-Interview for The Academic Minute, Northeast Public Radio
-Boston Globe article
-Boston Magazine article
-Boston NPR interview, including Kenny Baclawski '12
-Vermont Public Radio interview
-Maine Public Radio interview link
-Down East Magazine (Michael Erard)
-New England NPR: NEXT with John Dankoksy link
-Atlas Obscura interview

2. Reporting on our Native American English research:
-Voice of America interview featuring Kalina Newmark '11 (June 2022) link
-Wired Magazine video production featuring Kalina Newmark '11 (Nov. 2020)
-Native America Calling radio segment: guest hosts Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11 link
-Yukon Canada CBC radio interview of Kalina Newmark '11 link
-Town Crier/Puritan Literary Magazine online article about our Native American English project link
-Yes! Magazine interview with Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11 link

3. Reporting on Computational Sociolinguistics projects:
-Press release about DARLA (Dartmouth Linguistic Automation) link
-Neukom Institute video interview about agent-based modeling in sociolinguistics


with Zachary Cooper '17 at UN plaza, International
          Mother Languages Day
With Zachary Cooper '17 at the United Nations plaza, International Mother Languages Day 2019

NWAV-Asia/Pacific1: University of Delhi, India, Feb. 2011

Delhi, India

NWAV-Asia/Pacific2: Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 1-4, 2012

Tokyo, Japan

International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Dartmouth

Arctic Ocean - Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska


Polynesian stonehenge on
Tongatapu Island, South Pacific
- coral limestone trilithon built by the Tu'i Tonga 800 years ago

Chiayi, Taiwan at the NWAV-Asia/Pacific 4 conference (2016)

Sui meal
Sandu, China: a Sui meal

Sui book
Sandu, China: a book of old Sui writing

photo-Chula summer school
Teaching a summer class in Thailand: Chula Southeast Asian Linguistics Summer School, June 2017

Chula Photo
Lecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 6-14-2017

Here's a journal for research on variationist sociolinguistics in the Asia-Pacific region!
 Asia-Pacific Language Variation
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