Sam KirkhamDepartment of Linguistics and English Language
LVC group | phonetics lab | my lancaster webpage
I do research in phonetics, sociolinguistics, and language variation and change. My research focuses on phonetic variation, including its social meanings, acoustics, articulation, and perception.
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)
Kirkham, Sam. resubmitted. Ethnicity and phonetic variation in Sheffield English liquids.
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. forthcoming 2015. Intersectionality and the social meanings of variation: Class, ethnicity and social practice. Language in Society 44(5).
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. forthcoming 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. forthcoming 2015. Intonational variation in Liverpool English. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [ pdf ]
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.
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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, sociolinguistics and/or sociophonetics. My current students include:
- Ozgur Parlak: Acquisition of L2 prosody (co-supervised with Alison Mackey & Jen Philp)
- Roy Alderton: Language variation, speech perception and the construction of identity in East Hampshire (funded by Faculty scholarship; co-supervised with Claire Nance)
- Max Topps: Modelling tongue dynamics in speech production [starting 1+3 scholarship in 09/2015] (funded by ESRC scholarship; co-supervised with Claire Nance)
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, Fairport Convention and Deep Purple. I also play drums in a progressive metal duo, 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.