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Research interests
Sound change, tone and register, language and music, languages of Southeast Asia

This just in
Kirby, J., Hall-Lew, L., Honeybone, P., eds. (2019; in progress). Individuals, communities, and sound change. Special collection, Glossa: a journal of general linguistics.

On deck
James Kirby, Ruoqi Lin. Comparative tonal text-setting in Cantonese and Mandarin popular song. AG "Prosody from a cross-domain perspective: How language speaks to music (and vice versa)", 41th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS), Bremen, 6-8 March 2019.

James Kirby. Laryngeal contrast in Southeast Asian languages: implictions for synchrony and diachrony. Workshop on Linguistic Minorities in Asia, University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus, Hong Kong, 23 March 2019.

Ryan Gehrmann, James Kirby. The register phenomenon across Kuay dialects: analysis of the Huffman Katuic Audio Archives. SEALS 29, Tokyo, 27-29 May 2019.

Marc Brunelle, Tấn Thành Tạ, James Kirby. The acoustics of onset voicing in Chrau, Chru and Jarai. SEALS 29, Tokyo, 27-29 May 2019.

Current projects
Singing in tone: Text-setting constraints in Southeast Asia (AHRC, 2015-2017)
From voicing to register: the evolution of a sound change in Southeast Asia (AHRC, 2018-2020, with Marc Brunelle)
EVOTONE: The emergence and evolution of linguistic tone (ERC Starting Grant, 2018-2023)

Other places
4th International Workshop on Sound Change
Phonetics and Phonology at Edinburgh
Journal of Laboratory Phonology