English Language and Linguistics
Sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, language and identity, acoustic and articulatory phonetics
PhD Supervision Interests
I would be happy to receive applications in the areas of sociophonetics, phonetics, laboratory phonology, sociolinguistics, and language variation and change, as well as projects that make use of the Phonetics Lab facilities.
I joined Lancaster as Lecturer in 2012. I'm a member of†Lancaster University Phonetics Lab†and the†Language Variation and Change Research Group. I'm also a member of the NCUB's 50 Under 30 Network. Visit my personal website for further information and downloads.
I work in the areas of sociolinguistics, phonetics, and language variation and change. My research investigates how phonetic variation is used to construct identities and social meanings, particularly in ethnically diverse communities. My current projects include:
Ethnicity, social practice and sociophonetic variation
- My doctoral work examined the relationship between ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation amongst adolescent speakers. I carried out ethnographic fieldwork in a multiethnic secondary school in Sheffield and analysed how adolescents use phonetic variation in order to index different kinds of identities.
Social meanings of phonetic variation
- In my research on ethnicity, I have focused extensively on the social meanings of phonetic variation, such as the ways in which we can track indexicality across social and interactional spaces. As part of this line of inquiry, I am currently working with†Emma Moore†(Sheffield) on social meanings of intra-speaker variation.
- I am also interested in the articulatory and aerodynamic correlates of sociophonetic variation. My ongoing work explores acoustic-articulatory relationships in coronal stops and how these may relate to sociophonetic differences in speech production.
In 2013/14 I am teaching on the following courses:
- LING102 (sounds/accents of English)
- LING203 (phonetics)
- LING306 (advanced phonetics)
- LING401 (workshop on phonetic analysis)
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»