Linguist; university professor. Born– August 24, 1907, Talladega, Ala. Parents– William C. and Celeste (Miller) McMillan. Married– Antoinette Brannon, August 29, 1931. Children– One. Education– Davidson College, 1925-1926; B.S., Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1929; M.A., University of North Carolina, 1930; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1946; Johns Hopkins, Columbia University. Professor of English linguistics at the University of Alabama, 1931-1975.  Managing editor, Alabama Review, 1947-1963; of Publications of the American Dialect Society, 1964; member, editorial board, American Speech, National University Extension News, College Composition and Communication, Dictionary of American Regional English, Abstracts of English Studies and Harcourt-Brace School Dictionary.  Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Alabama Press, 1945-62. The James B. McMillan Building on the University of Alabama Campus was named in his honor.  Died August 28, 1996.

Source: Contemporary Authors online.

Publication(s): Annotated Bibliography of Southern American English. Coral Gables, Fla.; University of Miama Press, 1971.

Communicative Arts. Birmingham, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1961.


Writing and Thinking. Boston; Houghton, 1952.


Dialects in Culture; … University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1979.