Sam Kirkham

Sam Kirkham

Lecturer in Sociophonetics
Lancaster University Phonetics Lab
Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University
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 work in the areas of phonetics, sociolinguistics, laboratory phonology, and language variation and change. My research focuses on phonetic variation, mainly in the areas of speech production and sociophonetics. My current/recent projects include:

  1. Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (funded by AHRC, 2009-12)
  2. Acoustics and articulation of coronal stop production (funded by Lancaster University FASS Research Fund, 2012-14)
  3. Acoustic-articulatory phonetics of British Asian English (with Jessica Wormald)
  4. Intonational variation in North West England (with Claire Nance & Eve Groarke; funded by Lancaster University SPRINT scheme, 2014)
  5. Cognitive profiling and effective training in special populations: Memory, creativity, fluid intelligence and language learning (with Alison Mackey (PI), Jenefer Philp, Patrick Rebuschat, David Yarowsky; funded by ONR, 2014-15).


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 ]


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

My current PhD students include:


I'm a musician - I currently play drums in a progressive metal band and Lancaster's Linguistics Department band, as well as organ in country-rock band The Hobo Conspiracy. I occasionally play guitar too. I also enjoy the wonderful countryside surrounding Lancaster, such as mountain biking down hills, exploring forests, and going to the beach.