John M. Clifton


18619 NE 12th Court
Citra, FL  32113
Phone: +352 299 6515



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Clifton, John M. To appear. Colonialism, nationalism and language vitality in Azerbaijan. In Elena Mihas, Bernard Perley, Gabriel Rei-Doval, and Kathleen Wheatley, (eds.), Selected papers from the symposium on language death, endangerment, documentation, and revitalization. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Clifton, John M. To appear. Orthography as a marker of group identity in dialects. In Carrie Dyck, Tania Granadillo, Keren Rice, and Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada, (eds.), Papers from the workshop on dialect standardization. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Clifton, John M. To appear. Stable multilingualism in Tajikistan. Proceedings from the annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 46(2).

Clifton, John M. 2009. The future of the Shahdagh languages. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 198:33–45.

Clifton, John M. 2005, ed. Studies in languages of Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Tajikistan and St. Petersburg, Russia: National State University of Tajikistan and North Eurasia Group, SIL International.

Clifton, John M. 2002–2003, ed. Studies in languages of Azerbaijan, Vol. 1&2. Baku, Azerbaijan and St. Petersburg, Russia: Institute of International Relations, Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and North Eurasian Group, SIL International.

Clifton, John M. 1997. The Kaki Ae language. In S. A. Wurm, (ed.), Materials on languages in danger of disappearing in the Asia-Pacific region, No. 1:3–65. Pacific Linguistics D-89. Canberra: Australian National University.


Clifton, John M. 2012. Ethnolinguistic identity and religion: The case of the Tat and Mountain Jews. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, Bloomington, Indiana. October 18–21, 2012.

Clifton, John M. 2012. Lessons from orthography development in Papua New Guinea. Paper presented at the Fifth Austronesian and Papuan Language and Linguistics Conference, London. May 4–5, 2012.

Clifton, John M. 2009. Orthography development as an ongoing collaborative process: Lessons from Bangladesh. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, Honolulu, Hawai’i. March 12–14, 2009.

Clifton, John M. 2007. Issues in Udi orthography. Paper presented at the Conference on the Languages of the Caucasus, Leipzig, Germany. December 7–9, 2007.

Publications in SIL International Bibliography