Sam KirkhamDepartment of Linguistics and English Language
phonetics lab | my lancaster webpage
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.
Intonational variation in North West England (with Claire Nance. Funded by LU SPRINT 2014; FASS Research Fund 2015-16. RAs: Eve Groarke, Beth Littlewood)
Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (Funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award 2009-12)
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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.
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.
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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. 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.
I am happy to supervise students who would like to do interesting research in phonetics or sociophonetics. My current students include:
- Roy Alderton: Language variation, speech perception and the construction of identity in East Hampshire (funded by Faculty scholarship; co-supervised with Claire Nance)
- Ozgur Parlak: Acquisition of L2 prosody (co-supervised with Alison Mackey & Jen Philp)
- Max Topps: Tongue dynamics in speech production (funded by ESRC 1+3 scholarship; co-supervised with Claire Nance)
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.