Dr Gareth Walker

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics


Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


I joined the School of English as Lecturer in Linguistics at Sheffield in 2006, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2013. I did my studying at the University of York with BA in English Literature and Linguistics (2000), followed by an MA in Linguistics by Research (2001), and a PhD in Linguistics (2004).

After my PhD, I worked at York as a Research Associate on an ESRC-funded project investigating expressions of emotion and attitude in everyday talk.


To date, all of my research has been directed at trying to reach a more complete understanding of how we use linguistic resources when we engage in everyday conversation. In my research, I use auditory and acoustic-phonetic techniques in combination with Conversation Analysis (CA) in analysing audio and video recordings of unscripted interaction.

I have published work on topics including turn-taking (including turn-holding and turn-continuation, turn-projection, talk-projection), laughter, interactions involving young children, simultaneous talk, communication impairment, the coordination of vocal and visible resources (gaze, posture, gesture), stance and effect, and repetition.

I am involved in ongoing research analysing the speech of people with epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. I am also involved in research analysing the speech of people with memory problems including problems arising from dementia.


My main teaching responsibilities are in phonetics and conversation analysis. This means teaching courses including Sounds of English (first year undergraduate), Phonetics (second year undergraduate), Advanced Phonetics and Conversation Analysis (both third-year undergraduate). I contribute to courses in sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and research methods at undergraduate and MA level, and supervise undergraduate and MA dissertations.


I am interested in supervising PhD students conducting research into everyday talk, especially if that work involves (or might involve) phonetics and/or conversation analysis. I am especially interested in supervising PhD students in any of the areas in which I have published research: see "Research" and "Publications".


  • Walker, G. (2018). Close proximity of turn-continuation to possible turn-completion in conversation. Speech Communication, 99, 231–241.
  • Walker, G. (2017). Pitch and the projection of more talk. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50(2), 206–225.
  • Walker, G. (2017). Visual representations of acoustic data: A survey and suggestions. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50(4), 363–387.
  • Walker, G. (2017). Young children's use of laughter as a means of responding to questions. Journal of Pragmatics, 112, 20–32.
  • Walker, G. (2016). Phonetic variation and interactional contingencies in simultaneous responses. Discourse Processes, 53(4), 298–324.
  • Walker, G. and Local, J. (2013) On the intersection of phonetic detail and the organization of interaction: clinical connections. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics 27 (10-11) pp. 770-783.
  • Walker, G. (2013). Young children's use of laughter after transgressions. Research on Language and Social Interaction 46 (4) pp. 363-382.
  • Walker, G. (2013). Phonetics and prosody in conversation. In J. Sidnell & T. Stivers (Eds.), Handbook of conversation analysis. pp. 455-474. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Local, J., & Walker, G. (2012), How phonetic features project more talk. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 42 (3) pp. 255-280.
  • Walker, G. (2012). Coordination and interpretation of vocal and visible resources: ‘Trail-off’ conjunctions. Language and Speech, 55(1), 141–163.
  • Walker, G. (2011). Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction. In G. Andersen & K. Aijmer (Eds.), Pragmatics of society (pp. 153–180). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Walker, G. (2010). The phonetic constitution of a turn-holding practice: rush-throughs in English talk-in-interaction. In D. Barth-Weingarten, E. Reber & M. Selting (Eds.), Prosody in interaction (pp. 51–72). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Local, J., & Walker, G. (2008). Stance and affect in conversation: On the interplay of sequential and phonetic resources. Text & Talk, 28(6), 723–747.


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