James Kirby

Honorary Fellow


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

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Past PhD students supervised

Research summary

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