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Dr Sam Kirkham


Sam Kirkham

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 5 94577

Research overview

I am interested in phonetic variation in multilingual and multiethnic environments. I do laboratory research and fieldwork on a range of languages and dialects, using methods such as acoustic analysis, ultrasound tongue imaging, ethnographic fieldwork, variationist sociolinguistics, and interactional analysis.

The majority of my current research investigates phonetic variation and phonological contrast in bilingual and language contact contexts. Recent work in this area includes an acoustic-articulatory study of tongue root vowel contrasts in Twi and Ghanaian English (with Claire Nance, Lancaster), and an ultrasound study of liquids in English-Panjabi bilinguals (with Jessica Wormald, JP French Associates). My ongoing research focuses on speech production in speakers of English, Panjabi and Gujarati.

I also do research in sociophonetics more generally. Current work in this area includes intonational variation in Liverpool and Manchester English (with Claire Nance & Kate Lightfoot, Lancaster), as well as a study of Dutch Burgher English, which is a contact variety that originally developed in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon (with Luke Harding & Claire Nance, Lancaster).

PhD supervision

I am happy to consider students who would like to do interesting research in the following areas: phonetics, sociophonetics, laboratory phonology, bilingualism, contact languages.

Current Teaching

I teach on the following courses:

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

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