Sam KirkhamLancaster University Phonetics Lab
Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University
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I'm Lecturer in Sociophonetics at Lancaster University, based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language and Lancaster University Phonetics Lab. I'm also a member of Lancaster's Language Variation and Change Research Group and NCUB's 50 Under 30 Network.
I carry out research on phonetic variation. Most of my current work focuses on acoustic and articulatory variation in ethnically diverse communities and language contact contexts. I am also interested in the role of phonetics in clinical research and practice. My research draws upon a range of methods including acoustics, speech kinematics (ultrasound, EMA), variationist and experimental sociophonetics, and fieldwork. Some recent/current projects include:
Acoustic-articulatory phonetics of British Asian Englishes (with Jessica Wormald)
Vowel contrasts in language contact: an ultrasound study of Twi and Ghanaian English (with Claire Nance)
Intonational variation in north west England (with Claire Nance. Funded by LU SPRINT 2014; FASS Research Fund 2015-16)
Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (Funded by AHRC Doctoral Award 2009-12)
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. submitted. Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids.
Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. submitted. Intonational variation in Liverpool English.
Kirkham, Sam & Alison Mackey. forthcoming. Research, relationships and reflexivity: reflections on two case studies of language and identity. In: Peter De Costa (ed.) Exploring Ethical Issues from the Ground: Language Researcher Narratives. London: Routledge.
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 ]
Kirkham, Sam. 2013. Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation in a Sheffield secondary school. University of Sheffield PhD dissertation. [ link ]
Kirkham, Sam. 2011. The acoustics of coronal stops in British Asian English. Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 1102-1105. [ pdf ]
My teaching includes LING223 English Phonetics and LING327 Advanced English Phonetics, as well as co-teaching LING416 Sociophonetics. Basic scripts, experiment files and resources for various classes that I teach are available here.