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Dr Sam Kirkham


Sam Kirkham

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 5 94577

Research overview

My research takes place at the intersection between sociolinguistics, phonetics, and language variation and change. My main interest is language variation and identity in English dialects, but I also work on a range of topics within sociolinguistics and phonetics more broadly.

My PhD was a sociolinguistic ethnography of a multiethnic school in Sheffield — I looked at how different kinds of sociophonetic variation are used as stylistic resources and what this might tell us about the nature of sociolinguistic meaning. In recent research with Emma Moore (Sheffield) I have investigated how social meaning operates across clusters of features that span different linguistic levels, such as phonetics, grammar and discourse. I'm currently carrying out research on sociophonetic variation in North West England (with Claire Nance, Eve Groarke & Beth Littlewood, Lancaster).

I am also interested in varieties that are the product of language contact and bilingualism. I have previously worked on British Asian English and I'm currently continuing this work in an ultrasound study of liquids in Bradford Asian English (with Jessica Wormald, York and JP French Associates). I am also carrying out acoustic-articulatory research on tongue root vowel contrasts in Twi and Ghanaian English (with Claire Nance, Lancaster), as well phonetic and sociolinguistic research on Dutch Burgher English (with Luke Harding & Claire Nance, Lancaster).

PhD supervision

I am happy to consider students who would like to do interesting research in sociophonetics and/or phonetics. I'd be particularly interested in hearing from prospective students who wish to work in the following areas: (1) social meanings of variation; (2) language variation and change in English; (3) contact varieties of English; (4) acoustic and articulatory sociophonetics.

Current Teaching

I teach on the following courses:

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

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