Sam Kirkham

Sam Kirkham

Department of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University

s.kirkham@lancaster.ac.uk
phonetics lab  |  my lancaster webpage


I'm Lecturer in Sociophonetics at Lancaster University, based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language and Lancaster University Phonetics Lab.

My research investigates sociophonetic variation using acoustic and articulatory methods (particularly ultrasound tongue imaging). Most of my work to date has focused on multiethnic communities and language contact varieties.


CURRENT RESEARCH
PUBLICATIONS

-- under review (selected) --

Kirkham, Sam. resubmitted. Ethnicity and phonetic variation in Sheffield English liquids.

-- forthcoming --

Kirkham, Sam & Emma Moore. forthcoming 2016. Constructing social meaning in political discourse: Phonetic variation and verb processes in Ed Miliband's speeches. Language in Society 45(1).

Kirkham, Sam & Alison Mackey. forthcoming 2016. Research, relationships and reflexivity: Reflections on two case studies of language and identity. In: Peter De Costa (ed.) Ethics in Applied Linguistics Research: Language Researcher Narratives. London: Routledge.

Kirkham, Sam. forthcoming. Urban communities of practice. In: Beatrix Busse & Ingo H. Warnke (eds) Language in Urban Space. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. forthcoming. Sociophonetic variation in intonation: Phonetics and phonology of Liverpool English. In: Natalie Braber & Sandra Jansen (eds) Sociolinguistics in England. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

-- 2015 --

Kirkham, Sam. forthcoming 2015. Intersectionality and the social meanings of variation: Class, ethnicity, and social practice. Language in Society 44(5).

Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [ pdf ]

Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. 2015. Intonational variation in Liverpool English. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [ pdf ]

-- 2013 --

Kirkham, Sam & Emma Moore. 2013. Adolescence. In: J.K. Chambers & Natalie Schilling (eds) The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Second edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 277-296.
[ doi | pdf | pre-print ]

Kirkham, Sam. 2013. Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation in a Sheffield secondary school. University of Sheffield PhD dissertation. [ link | pdf ]

-- 2011 --

Kirkham, Sam. 2011. The acoustics of coronal stops in British Asian English. Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 1102-1105. [ pdf ]

Kirkham, Sam. 2011. Personal style and epistemic stance in classroom discussion. Language and Literature 20(3): 201-217. [ doi | pdf ]


RECENT/UPCOMING TALKS

Kirkham, Sam. 2015. Title TBC. Invited talk at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Mackey, Alison, Jenefer Philp, Yasser Telmorian, Abdullah Alroumi, Jing Zhou, Wenjing Li, Sam Kirkham & Patrick Rebuschat. 2015. The relationships amongst working memory, cognitive creativity and second language production during communicative tasks. Sixth International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching, Leuven, Belgium.

Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. Articulatory variation in a contact variety: Liquids in British Asian English. UKLVC10, York, UK.

Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids. 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK.

Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. 2015. Intonational variation in Liverpool English. 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK.

Wormald, Jessica & Sam Kirkham. 2015. Articulation, audition and acoustics: An ultrasound tongue imaging study. 24th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. An ultrasound study of language contact in Bradford English liquids. ICLaVE8, Leipzig, Germany.


SUPERVISION

I am happy to supervise students who would like to do interesting research in phonetics or sociophonetics. My current students include:


MUSIC

I am a musician and play drums, guitar and keyboards. I currently play organ in Sheffield-based The Hobo Conspiracy, which is a rootsy folk-rock band, as well as drums in The Fauxnemes, which is the Lancaster Linguistics Department band. I'm also involved in a number of smaller projects, including a progressive metal band and some more electronic-oriented stuff.

I previously played drums and accordion with Who Killed The Cranks?, piano with Rebecca Watson, percussion with Just Jodi, and percussion with Sam Browse.