Dr Sam Kirkham

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My research aims to understand structure and variability in the sound systems of human language. I am particularly interested in the relationship between synchronic variation and diachronic change, sociophonetic variation, and dynamical approaches to phonological cognition. The majority of my work investigates speech production using articulatory methods such as electromagnetic articulography, ultrasound tongue imaging, and computational modelling.

I am currently working on the following projects:

I have previously done research on various related topics including phonetics of bilingualism and language contact, sociophonetic variation, and phonetic typology.