James N. Stanford

List of John Benjamins publications for which James N. Stanford plays a role.



Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages

Edited by James N. Stanford and Dennis R. Preston

Subjects Historical linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology | Theoretical linguistics


Yang, Cathryn, James N. Stanford, Yang Liu, Jinjing Jiang and Liufang Tang 2019 Variation in the tonal space of Yangliu Lalo, an endangered language of Yunnan, ChinaLinguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 42:1, pp. 2–37 | Article
Endangered tone languages are not often studied within quantitative variationist approaches, but such approaches can provide valuable insights for language description and documentation in the Tibeto-Burman area. This study examines tone variation within Yangliu Lalo (Central Ngwi), a minority… read more
This is the first variationist sociotonetic study to use free-speech data for exploring tone. Due to the challenges of analyzing tone in free-speech data, prior work on sociotonetics has been limited to relatively formal speech styles: word lists, sentence frames, and phrase lists. But connected… read more
Yang, Cathryn, James N. Stanford and Zhengyu Yang 2015 A sociotonetic study of Lalo tone split in progressAsia-Pacific Language Variation 1:1, pp. 52–77 | Article
Since Labov’s early work (e.g., 1963, 1966), sociolinguists have frequently examined change in progress on the segmental level, but much less is known about tone change in progress. The present study finds evidence of a tone split in progress in Lalo, a Tibeto-Burman language of China. While many… read more
Stanford, James N. 2009 20. Clan as a sociolinguistic variable: Three approaches to Sui clansVariation in Indigenous Minority Languages, Stanford, James N. and Dennis R. Preston (eds.), pp. 463–484 | Article
As lesser studied minority languages are added to the purview of quantitative variationist sociolinguistics, we naturally expect to see lesser studied sociolinguistic variables brought to the forefront. One such variable is clan. Among the Sui people of southwest China and in many other societies,… read more
Stanford, James N. and Dennis R. Preston 2009 The lure of a distant horizon: Variation in indigenous minority languagesVariation in Indigenous Minority Languages, Stanford, James N. and Dennis R. Preston (eds.), pp. 1–20 | Article