Sam KirkhamLecturer in Sociophonetics
Lancaster University Phonetics Lab
Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University
My research examines the relationship between language and identity in multiethnic adolescent communities. My work uses a range of methods, such as ethnographic fieldwork, acoustic analysis, articulatory phonetics (ultrasound, EPG), and statistical modelling. I am currently working on the following research projects:
- Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation [funded by AHRC, 2009-2012]
- Phonetic variation and social meaning in British political discourse [funded by University of Sheffield Rapid Response Fund, 2012-2013; with Emma Moore]
- Acoustic-articulatory relationships in coronal stop production [funded by Lancaster University FASS Research Fund, 2012-2013]
Kirkham, Sam. in prep. Urban communities of practice. In: Beatrix Busse & Ingo H. Warnke (eds) Language in Urban Space. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. >
I wrote some scripts for use with various software programs.
I play music quite a lot. I played drums for 3 years with Who Killed The Cranks? I now play (Hammond-esque) organ with Folk Ninjas, and drums/noises in an experimental metal duo. I also play guitar and tin whistle, but not that well.
I also enjoy mountain biking and exploring the wonderful Lancashire countryside.