Dr Sam Kirkham

Dr Sam Kirkham

Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 5 94577
Location: C44
Web: http://www.samkirkham.com

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. Some recent/current projects include:

  • Ultrasound tongue imaging of contrasts in language contact varieties (Bradford Asian English liquids with Jessica Wormald; Twi and Ghanaian English vowels with Claire Nance)
  • Intonational variation in North West England (with Claire Nance. Funded by LU SPRINT 2014; FASS Research Fund 2015-16)
  • Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (Funded by AHRC Doctoral Award 2009-12)

PhD Supervision Interests

I am happy to supervise students who would like to do interesting research in phonetics, sociolinguistics and/or sociophonetics. Lancaster has a well-equipped Phonetics Lab with facilities for acoustic analysis, speech perception, and articulatory measurement (including electromagnetic articulography, ultrasound, electropalatography, aerodynamics), which is available for use by postgraduate students in this research area.

Profile

I joined Lancaster as Lecturer in Sociophonetics in 2012. I co-direct Lancaster University Phonetics Lab. Visit my personal website for further information and downloads.

Current Teaching

I teach on the following courses:

  • LING102 English Language
  • LING223 English Phonetics
  • LING327 Advanced English Phonetics
  • LING416 Sociophonetics

In Press

Research, relationships and reflexivity: two case studies of language and identity

Kirkham, S. & Mackey, A. 9/11/2015 Ethics in applied linguistics research: language researcher narratives. De Costa, P. (ed.). London: Routledge, (Second Language Acquisition Research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Constructing social meaning in political discourse: Phonetic variation and verb processes in Ed Miliband's speeches

Kirkham, S. & Moore, E. expected in 02/2016 In: Language in Society. 45, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Intersectionality and the social meanings of variation: Class, ethnicity and social practice

Kirkham, S. 11/2015 In: Language in Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Intonational variation in Liverpool English

Nance, C., Kirkham, S. & Groarke, E. 08/2015 Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids

Kirkham, S. & Wormald, J. 08/2015 Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2013

Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation in a Sheffield secondary school

Kirkham, S. 2013 Sheffield: University of Sheffield. 323 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Adolescence

Kirkham, S. & Moore, E. 2013 The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Chambers, J. K. & Schilling, N. (eds.). 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 277-296 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

The acoustics of coronal stops in British Asian English

Kirkham, S. 2011 Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. p. 1102-1105 4 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

Personal style and epistemic stance in classroom discussion

Kirkham, S. 08/2011 In: Language and Literature. 20, 3, p. 201-217 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

 

 

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