Sam KirkhamDepartment of Linguistics and English Language
phonetics lab | my lancaster webpage
My research interests include acoustic and articulatory phonetics, language variation and change, sociolinguistics, and laboratory phonology. Current projects include:
- Phonetic and phonological transfer in bilinguals
- Ultrasound study of ATR vowels in Twi and Ghanaian English (with Claire Nance, Lancaster)
- Articulatory correlates of liquid contrasts (with Jess Wormald, JP French Associates)
- Intonational phonology in Liverpool and Manchester (with Claire Nance & Kate Lightfoot, Lancaster)
- Phonetic description of Dutch Burgher English (with Luke Harding & Claire Nance, Lancaster)
-- under review --
Kirkham, Sam & Claire Nance. under review. An acoustic-articulatory study of bilingual vowel production: Advanced tongue root vowels in Twi (Akan) and tense/lax vowels in Ghanaian English.
-- forthcoming --
Kirkham, Sam. forthcoming. Ethnicity and phonetic variation in Sheffield English liquids. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. [ doi | pdf ] *open access*
Nance, Claire & Sam Kirkham. forthcoming. Phonology: The study of sound systems. In: Jonathan Culpeper, Paul Kerswill, Ruth Wodak, Tony McEnery & Francis Katamba (eds) English Language: Description, Variation and Context. Second edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. forthcoming. Studying intonation in varieties of English: Gender and individual variation in Liverpool. In: Natalie Braber & Sandra Jansen (eds) Sociolinguistics in England. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kirkham, Sam. forthcoming. Urban communities of practice. In: Beatrix Busse & Ingo H. Warnke (eds) Language in Urban Space. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [ pre-print ]
-- 2016 --
Kirkham, Sam & Emma Moore. 2016. Constructing social meaning in political discourse: Phonetic variation and verb processes in Ed Miliband's speeches. Language in Society 45(1): 87-111. [ doi | pdf ]
Kirkham, Sam. 2016. Constructing multiculturalism at school: Negotiating tensions in talk about ethnic diversity. Discourse & Society 27(4): 383-400. [ doi | pdf ] *open access*
Kirkham, Sam & Alison Mackey. 2016. Research, relationships and reflexivity: Reflections on two case studies of language and identity. In: Peter De Costa (ed.) Ethics in Applied Linguistics Research: Language Researcher Narratives. London: Routledge, pp. 103-120. [ pre-print | book ]
-- 2015 --
Kirkham, Sam & Jessica Wormald. 2015. Acoustic and articulatory variation in British Asian English liquids. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 1-5. [ pdf ] *open access*
Nance, Claire, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke. 2015. Intonational variation in Liverpool English. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 1-5. [ pdf ] *open access*
Kirkham, Sam. 2015. Intersectionality and the social meanings of variation: Class, ethnicity, and social practice. Language in Society 44(5): 629-652. [ doi | pdf ] *open access*
-- 2013 --
Kirkham, Sam & Emma Moore. 2013. Adolescence. In: J.K. Chambers & Natalie Schilling (eds) The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Second edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 277-296.
[ doi | pdf | pre-print ]
Kirkham, Sam. 2013. Ethnicity, social practice and phonetic variation in a Sheffield secondary school. University of Sheffield PhD dissertation. [ link | pdf ] *open access*
-- 2011 --
Kirkham, Sam. 2011. Personal style and epistemic stance in classroom discussion. Language and Literature 20(3): 201-217. [ doi | pdf ]
Kirkham, Sam. 2011. The acoustics of coronal stops in British Asian English. Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 1102-1105. [ pdf ] *open access*
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner Claire and our two lovely cats, as well as open water swimming, running, cooking, and playing music (drums, guitar, keyboards).