English Language and Linguistics
I carry out research in phonetics and sociolinguistics. I am interested in the social meaning of phonetic variation, acoustic-articulatory variation in accents of English, and the dynamics of speech production. I have recently worked on projects investigating phonetic variation amongst adolescents in Sheffield; ultrasound tongue imaging of /l/ and /r/ in British Asian English; and intonational variation in the north west of England.
PhD Supervision Interests
I would be happy to receive applications in the areas of acoustic and articulatory phonetics, sociophonetics, speech production, and language variation and change. Lancaster also 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. & 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»