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Dr Sam Kirkham


Sam Kirkham

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 5 94577

Location: C44

Web: http://www.samkirkham.com

Research overview

My research interests include phonetics, sociolinguistics, laboratory phonology, and language variation and change. I work on the social meanings and indexical potential of linguistic variation. Most of my research to date has focused on sociophonetic variation in multiethnic communities and contact varieties (particularly varieties of British Asian English). Some recent/current projects include:

  • Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (Funded by AHRC Doctoral Award 2009-12)
  • Ultrasound tongue imaging of contrasts in language contact varieties (Bradford Asian English liquids with Jessica Wormald; Twi and Ghanaian English vowels with Claire Nance)
  • Intonational variation in North West England (with Claire Nance. Funded by LU SPRINT 2014; FASS Research Fund 2015-16)

PhD supervision

I would be happy to receive applications in the areas of sociophonetics, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, sociolinguistics, and language variation and change. 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

I teach on the following courses:

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

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