James N. Stanford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Dartmouth College


About me:

I'm interested in language variation in less commonly studied minority communities, and I'm involved in linguistic field research with the Sui people in China and other underrepresented groups in East/Southeast Asia, North America, and elsewhere. Before graduate school I lived in mainland 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's Linguistics Program in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the summer of 2008. Since coming to New Hampshire, I've also been involved in field research of New England English dialects. 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 use 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:
301 Reed Hall
Dartmouth College

Mailing Address:
Program in Linguistics

HB 6220
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755-3506

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)
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 and other links:
New York Times article about our New England research
Chronicle of Higher Education article
Interview for The Academic Minute, Northeast Public Radio

Press release about DARLA (Dartmouth Linguistic Automation)
Native America Calling radio segment about Native American English: guest hosts Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11
Yukon Canada CBC radio interview of Kalina Newmark '11 about our Native American English project
Town Crier/Puritan Literary Magazine (Canada) online article about our Native American English project
Yes! Magazine interview with Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11 about our Native American English project
Boston NPR interview about New England dialects, including Kenny Baclawski '12
Boston Globe article
Boston Magazine article
Interview with Atlas Obscura about "Transatlantic English" in old movies
New England NPR: NEXT with John Dankosky radio interview "The Shifting New England Accent"
Neukom Institute video interview about agent-based modeling in sociolinguistics (YouTube)
Vermont Public Radio interview about our Vermont/New Hampshire dialect research
Maine Public Radio interview about New England dialects
Down East Magazine article (Michael Erard)

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 - 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

New journal! Asia-Pacific Language Variation

Other Interests:
Certified in High-Power Rocketry (L2)

standing by launch rail