Sam Kirkham

Sam Kirkham

Lecturer in Sociophonetics
Lancaster University Phonetics Lab
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. I'm also a member of Lancaster's Language Variation and Change Research Group and NCUB's 50 Under 30 Network. I received my BA, MA and PhD from the University of Sheffield.

I work in the areas of phonetics, sociolinguistics, laboratory phonology, and language variation and change. My main research interests are acoustic and articulatory (socio)phonetics (using EPG, ultrasound and EMA) and ethnic variation in speech production (particularly British Asian English). Recent/current projects include:

  1. Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation in Sheffield (funded by AHRC Doctoral Award, 2009-12 [£50,040])
  2. Acoustic-articulatory relationships in coronal consonants (funded by Lancaster University FASS Research Fund, 2013-14 [£1800])
  3. An ultrasound tongue imaging study of English-Panjabi bilinguals (with Jessica Wormald)
  4. Sociophonetic variation in North West England (with Claire Nance & Eve Groarke; funded by Lancaster University SPRINT scheme, 2014 [£1500])


PUBLICATIONS & PAPERS

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

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 | pdf ]

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 ]


INVITED PLENARY TALKS

Mackey, Alison, Sam Kirkham, Sheena Shah & Kaitlyn Tagarelli. 2013. Eliciting data on shifting identities and dialects. Eliciting Data in Second Language Research: Challenge and Innovation, University of York, UK, 2-3 September 2013.

Kirkham, Sam. 2012. Phonetic variation and identity in multiethnic communities. Forum in Linguistics, University of Manchester, UK, 2-3 November 2012.


RECENT & UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS (2014)

Kirkham, Sam. 2014. Sociophonetic variation in the Sheffield English liquid system. 6th Northern Englishes Workshop, Lancaster University, UK, 16-17 April 2014.

Kirkham, Sam. 2014. Sociophonetic variation in Sheffield English liquids. British Association of Academic Phoneticians Conference, University of Oxford, UK, 7-9 April 2014.

Mackey, Alison & Sam Kirkham. 2014. Research, relationships and reflexivity: reflections on two case studies of language and identity. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Portland, USA, 22-25 March 2014 [invited contribution to symposium on 'Language Researcher Narratives: Exploring Ethical Issues from the Ground'].

Kirkham, Sam. 2014. Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation. Invited talk at Newcastle University SELLL Linguistics Lecture series, UK, 12 March 2014.


TEACHING

I teach in the areas of phonetics and sociophonetics. Basic scripts, experiment files and resources for various classes that I teach are available here.


PERSONAL

I'm a musician - I currently play drums in a progressive metal band and organ in a country-rock band, as well as continuing to work on my solo percussion repertoire. I also enjoy the wonderful countryside surrounding Lancaster, such as mountain biking down hills, exploring forests, and going to the beach.