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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

Acoustic and articulatory phonetics, sociophonetics, laboratory phonology, language variation and change

PhD Supervision Interests

I would be happy to receive applications in the areas of phonetics, sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, laboratory phonology, and accent variation, as well as projects that make use of the Phonetics Lab facilities. I am also happy to co-supervise research on aspects of speech processing.


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. 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 phonetics, sociolinguistics, and laboratory phonology. My research focuses on social meanings of phonetic variation in ethnically diverse communities. I also work on articulatory sociophonetics, examining sociophonetic variation using tools such as EPG, EMA and ultrasound.

Current Teaching

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/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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