James Kirby



James Kirby received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010, where he worked with Alan Yu and John Goldsmith, and joined the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Phonetics in 2011. He has also taught at two consecutive LSA Summer Institutes (2013 and 2015), and was a visiting lecturer at Vietnam National University (Hanoi) in 2014. In 2017, he will teach at the inaugural Chulalongkorn Summer School of Southeast Asian Linguistics in Bangkok. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Research Advisor, Linguistics & English Language

Undergraduate teaching

Office hours: By appointment

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Research summary

Phonetics & phonology, sound change, tone and register, language and music, languages of Southeast Asia

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