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Clifton, John M. 2016. Orthography as social practice: Lessons from Papua New Guinea. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia 34:37–58.
Clifton, John M. 2013. Colonialism, nationalism and language vitality in Azerbaijan. In Elena Mihas, Bernard Perley, Gabriel Rei-Doval, and Kathleen Wheatley (eds.), Responses to language endangerment: In honor of Mickey Noonan: New directions in language documentation and revitalization, 197–219. Studies in Language Companion Series 142. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Clifton, John M. 2014. Orthography as a marker of group identity in dialects. In Carrie Dyck, Tania Granadillo, Keren Rice, and Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada (eds.), Dialogue on dialect standardization, 81–97. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Clifton, John M. 2014. Stable multilingualism in Tajikistan. In Rebekah Bagliani, Timothy Grinsell, Jonathan Keane, Adam Roth Singerman, and Julia Thomas (eds.), Proceedings from the annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 46(2), July 2, 2010, 17–25(9). Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/cls/pcls/2010/00000046/00000002/art00002.
Clifton, John M. 2013. Orthography as social practice: Is there a role for the linguist? In Mary Jane Norris, Erik Anonby, Marie Odile Junker, Nicholas Ostler and Donna Patrick (eds.), Endangered languages beyond boundaries / Langues en péril au-delà des frontières: Proceedings of the 17th FEL Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, October 2–4, 2013, 189–190. Bath, UK: Foundation for Endangered Languages. https://www.sil.org/resources/publications/entry/60610.
Clifton, John M. 2013. Kaki Ae [tbd] texts collected during field research in 1993. Digital collection managed by PARADISEC. http://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/JC1.
Clifton, John M. 2009. The future of the Shahdagh languages. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 198:33–45.
Clifton, John M. 2009. Review of Endoclitics and the origins of Udi morphosyntax, by Alice C. Harris. SIL Electronic Book Reviews 2009-021. Dallas: SIL International. https://www.sil.org/resources/publications/entry/40647.
Clifton, John M. 2009. Do the Talysh and Tat languages have a future in Azerbaijan? Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, North Dakota Session 49. http://arts-sciences.und.edu/summer-institute-of-linguistics/work-papers/2008.cfm.
Clifton, John M., ed. 2005. 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., ed. 2002–2003. Studies in languages of Azerbaijan, vols. 1&2. Baku, Azerbaijan and St. Petersburg, Russia: Institute of International Relations, Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and North Eurasian Group, SIL International. https://www.sil.org/resources/archives/38861 (vol 1), https://www.sil.org/resources/archives/38842 (vol 2).
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: Some endangered languages of Papua New Guinea: Kaki Ae, Musom and Aribwatsa, 3–65. Pacific Linguistics D–89. Canberra: Australian National University.
Clifton, John M. 2015. Orthography unshackled. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, June 15–17, 2015.
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. http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/5034.
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.
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