When I was an undergrad, I went on a linguistics study abroad after only taking one linguistics course. The coursework was not easy and I had to learn a lot about linguistics on the fly, but when I later took other courses I found that I had already discovered many of those ideas in the field. This experience showed me that the best way to learn is through real-life experiences. I try to pass this on to my students by allowing them opportunities to discover new ideas for themselves.
I am a sociophonetician and dialectologist; I study how and why people pronounce things differently. I am particularly interested in language in the Western United States. Many people think that the West is “accentless” and that everyone sounds the same. Using acoustic and survey data gathered through fieldwork and online tools, my research shows that there are regional and social differences in how people talk and that speech in the West is changing over time.
- Joseph A. Stanley (2020). “The Absence of a Religiolect among Latter-day Saints in Southwest Washington.” In Valerie Fridland, Alicia Wassink, Lauren Hall-Lew, & Tyler Kendall (eds.) Speech in the Western States Volume III: Understudied Dialects. (Publication of the American Dialect Society 105), 95–122. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-8820642.
- Margaret E. L. Renwick & Joseph A. Stanley (2020). “Modeling dynamic trajectories of tense vs. lax vowels in the American South.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America147(1): 579–595. doi: 10.1121/10.0000549.
- Joseph A. Stanley (in press). “A comparison of turn-of-the-century and turn-of-the-millennium speech in Georgia.” Proceedings of the 6th Annual Linguistics Conference at UGA.
Because I am a young scholar, I have not yet participated in citizenship assignments, but I look forward to the opportunity to serve. I served as an editor for a small journal, and I was happy to see so many academics willing to give their time to review others’ papers. It is a hallmark to the integrity of the peer-review process that so many are willing to serve the field in that way. I hope that in the future I can make a positive impact on the field and the university in my academic service.
[I am new. I have not participated in citizen assignments.]