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English Language and Linguistics

Dr Sam Kirkham

Dr Sam Kirkham


County South
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

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

My primary research interest is phonetic variation, including social, anatomical and biomechanical sources of variability. I'm particularly interested in studying the relationship between these types of variation in different accents of English. I take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of variability in speech, including acoustics and digital signal processing, articulatory measurement (ultrasound, EMA, EPG), variationist sociophonetics, and fieldwork. Accordingly, I work on data collected in both laboratory and fieldwork settings.

PhD Supervision Interests

I would be happy to receive applications in the areas of acoustic and articulatory phonetics, sociophonetics, language variation and change, and speech production, as well as projects that make use of our Phonetics Lab facilities (including electromagnetic articulography, ultrasound, electropalatography, aerodynamics, acoustics). I also co-supervise on topics relating to speech processing with colleagues from the School of Computing & Communications.


I joined Lancaster as Lecturer in Sociophonetics in 2012. I'm a member of Lancaster University Phonetics Lab and the Language Variation and Change Research Group, as well as the NCUB's 50 Under 30 Network. Visit my personal website for further information and downloads.

Current Teaching

In 2014/15 I am teaching on the following courses:

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



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


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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