Sam Kirkham

Sam Kirkham

Lancaster University Phonetics Lab
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University

s.kirkham@lancaster.ac.uk
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I am a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. I also coordinate Lancaster University Phonetics Lab, which is a research group with broad interests in speech (speech production, sociophonetics, forensic speech science, speech technology) and a laboratory space with excellent facilities for acoustic and articulatory data collection. Prior to coming to Lancaster, I studied at the University of Sheffield, where I did BA and MA degrees in English Language and Literature, before being awarded a PhD in Linguistics in 2014.

I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of speech, sound and language. My research focuses on how people produce the sounds of speech, how this varies between languages and dialects, and what this means for our understanding of human culture and identity. I do fieldwork and laboratory research to address descriptive and theoretical questions in these areas, using methods such as acoustic analysis, vocal tract imaging, statistical modelling, ethnographic fieldwork, and interactional analysis. My interests cluster into the following areas:

Articulatory sociophonetics Phonetics of bilingualism and language contact Accent variation and identity
Some recent and upcoming talks: