English Language and Linguistics
I carry out research on phonetic variation. Most of my current work focuses on acoustic and articulatory variation in ethnically diverse communities and language contact contexts. I am also interested in the role of phonetics in clinical speech and language settings. My research draws upon a range of methods including acoustics, speech kinematics (ultrasound, EMA), variationist and experimental sociophonetics, and fieldwork. Some recent/current projects include:
- Acoustic-articulatory phonetics of British Asian Englishes (with Jessica Wormald)
- Vowel contrasts in language contact: an ultrasound study of Twi and Ghanaian English (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 would be happy to receive applications in the areas of acoustic and articulatory phonetics, sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, and laboratory phonology. I would also be interested in hearing from people who are interested in applying sophisticated acoustic and articulatory phonetics methods to issues in sociolinguistics, clinical linguistics, and language learning. 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.
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.
In 2014/15 I am teaching on the following courses:
- LING102 English Language
- LING223 English Phonetics
- LING327 Advanced English Phonetics
- LING416 Sociophonetics
Kirkham, S. 2013 Sheffield: University of Sheffield. 323 p.
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis
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/Proceedings › Chapter
Kirkham, S. 2011 Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. p. 1102-1105 4 p.
Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings › Paper
Kirkham, S. 08/2011 In: Language and Literature. 20, 3, p. 201-217 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article
Funded by Lancaster University Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences ... Read more»
Funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award in Linguistics (£50,040) ... Read more»
State-of-the-art research equipment is being acquired for the Lancaster Linguistics Research Lab. Lancaster University is funding the acquisition of new kit to the value of £87,000. The Phonetics Lab ... Read more»
Sam Kirkham is plenary speaker at the New Researchers Forum in Linguistics at the University of Manchester, 2-3 November 2012. His talk is titled 'The nature of phonetic variation in multiethnic commu ... Read more»