Sam KirkhamLancaster 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 was awarded my PhD from the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Emma Moore and Gareth Walker.
My research interests include sociophonetics, language variation and change, and laboratory phonology. My work investigates the social meanings of phonetic variation using a combination of variationist, interactional and experimental methods. I also carry out research in articulatory sociophonetics. Some recent/current projects include:
Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (Funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award 2009-12)
Intonational variation in North West England (with Claire Nance. Funded by LU SPRINT 2014; FASS Research Fund 2015-16)
Kirkham, Sam & Emma Moore. under revision. Constructing social meaning in political discourse: Phonetic variation and verbal processes in Ed Miliband's political speeches.
Kirkham, Sam. resubmitted. Ethnicity and phonetic variation in Sheffield English liquids.
Kirkham, Sam. forthcoming 2015. Intersectionality and the social meanings of variation: Class, ethnicity and social practice. Language in Society.
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. forthcoming 2015. Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. forthcoming 2015. Intonational variation in Liverpool English. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
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.
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 ]
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. Articulatory variation in a contact variety: Liquids in Bradford Asian English. UKLVC10, University of York, UK, 1-3 September 2015.
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids. XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 August 2015.
Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. 2015. Intonational variation in Liverpool English. XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 August 2015.
Wormald, Jessica & Sam Kirkham. 2015. Inferring articulation from audition and acoustics: An ultrasound tongue imaging study. 24th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics. Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, 8-10 July 2015.
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. An ultrasound study of language contact in Bradford English liquids. 8th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, Universitat Leipzig, Germany, 27-29 May 2015.
Kirkham, Sam. 2015. Boundaries and intersections: Class, ethnicity and identity in a multiethnic school. 8th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, Universitat Leipzig, Germany, 27-29 May 2015 [invited contribution to panel on 'Living on the border between conflicting communities of practice'].
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.
I am a musician and play drums, keyboards, and guitar. My main band at the moment is Sheffield-based The Hobo Conspiracy, in which I play organ. We play Americana/folk rock and sound a bit like a mix of The Band, The Cardinals, Fairport Convention, and Deep Purple. I also play drums in a Lancaster-based progressive metal trio, as well as drums in The Fauxnemes - the Lancaster Linguistics Department band. I previously played drums and accordion with Who Killed The Cranks?, piano with Rebecca Watson, percussion with Just Jodi, and percussion with Sam Browse.