Sam KirkhamLecturer in Sociophonetics
Lancaster University Phonetics Lab
Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University
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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 sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, laboratory phonology, and language variation and change. My research focuses on language, ethnicity and identity, with a particular focus on the social meanings of phonetic variation. I'm also interested in acoustic-articulatory phonetics of varieties of British Asian English. My current projects include:
- Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (funded by AHRC Doctoral Award, 2009-12)
- Acoustic and articulatory phonetics of British Asian English (with Jessica Wormald)
- Style, social meaning and intraspeaker variation (with Emma Moore)
- Intonational variation in North West England (with Claire Nance & Eve Groarke; funded by Lancaster University SPRINT scheme, 2014)
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 & 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. 2011. The acoustics of coronal stops in British Asian English. Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 1102-1105. [ pdf ]
TEACHING AND SUPERVISION
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:
- Ozgur Parlak: An interactionist approach to the acquisition of prosody. 2014--present (co-supervised with Professor Alison Mackey & Dr Jenefer Philp)
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.