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Sam Kirkham supervises 1 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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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

I do research in phonetics, sociolinguistics, and language variation and change. My research focuses on phonetic variation, including its social meanings, acoustics, articulation, and perception. Some recent/current projects include:

  • 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)
  • Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation (Funded by AHRC Doctoral Award 2009-12)

PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise students who would like to do interesting research in phonetics, sociolinguistics and/or sociophonetics. 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 co-direct Lancaster University Phonetics Lab. 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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