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 research interests include sociophonetics, language variation and change, and laboratory phonology. My work investigates acoustic and articulatory sociophonetic variation, often in ethnically diverse communities and language contact contexts. I draw 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. 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.

Current Teaching

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

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


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

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

Research output: ThesisDoctoral 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/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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