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, China. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 42:1, pp. 2–37
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 | Article
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 | Article
Yang, Cathryn, James N. Stanford and Zhengyu Yang. 2015. A sociotonetic study of Lalo tone split in progress. Asia-Pacific Language Variation 1:1, pp. 52–77
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 | Article
Stanford, James N. 2009. 20. Clan as a sociolinguistic variable: Three approaches to Sui clans. Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages, Stanford, James N. and Dennis R. Preston (eds.), pp. 463–484
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 | Article
Stanford, James N. and Dennis R. Preston. 2009. The lure of a distant horizon: Variation in indigenous minority languages. Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages, Stanford, James N. and Dennis R. Preston (eds.), pp. 1–20