About me

I’m an Assistant Professor in Department of Linguistics at Brigham Young University, doing a lot of sociophonetics and dialectology while finding new statistical and computational methods to help me in my research. In May 2020, I received my Ph.D in linguistics from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Georgia.

My primary area of research is on English in the western United States. My dissertation focused on English in Cowlitz County, Washington and the spread of the vowel patterns known to occur in other parts of the West. Because I mostly focus on vowels, I’ve had to learn the skills required to analyze them: Praat scripting, forced alignment, and statistical methods. I also lean towards the variationist sociolinguistic perspective in data collection and analysis.

As a graduate student, I was involved with Bill Kretzschmar and Peggy Renwick and the other student workers at the Linguistic Atlas Project where my job was to act as the middleman between transcriptions and formant measurements. I wrote and maintained many of the Praat, R, and Perl scripts we used in the lab, and managed the various forced aligners and automatic formant extractors we worked with. I also created and manage the the Gazetteer of Southern Vowels.

I was also a research assistant in the DigiLab in UGA’s main library where I gave workshops and seminars on how to use computers in humanities research. I offered workshops on R, data visualization, Praat scripting, and about how grad students can get themselves more googleable. I also worked with students and faculty one-on-one during my Digital Humanities office hours.

I publish under the more grown-up-sounding version of my name, Joseph A. Stanley, but anyone who has ever met me knows I go by Joey. I live in Spanish Fork with my wife (Kelly) and kids (Lena and Walter). On the weekends I enjoy artisan breadmaking.