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 was awarded my PhD 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, including vocal tract movements, acoustic characteristics, and variation between languages and dialects. I do fieldwork and laboratory research to address descriptive and theoretical questions in these areas, using methods such as acoustic analysis, vocal tract imaging (ultrasound, electromagnetic articulography) and statistical modelling. Most of my current research is on various topics in articulatory sociophonetics, such as:

I also work on other topics in phonetics and sociophonetics, including liquid consonants, phonetics of contact varieties, and dialect variation. Some ongoing projects include:
Some recent and upcoming talks: