Dr Gareth Walker

School of English

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

English Gareth Walker
g.walker@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0238

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Dr Gareth Walker
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

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.

Research interests

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.

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Walker G (2012) Phonetics and prosody in conversation In Sidnell J & Stivers T (Ed.), Handbook of Conversation Analysis Wiley-Blackwell View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker G (2011) Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction In Andersen G & Aijmer K (Ed.), Pragmatics of Society (pp. 153-180). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker G (2011) 6. Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction, Pragmatics of Society DE GRUYTER RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker G (2010) The phonetic constitution of a turn-holding practice, Prosody in Interaction (pp. 51-72). John Benjamins Publishing Company RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker G (2010) The phonetic constitution of a turn-holding practice: rush-throughs in English talk-in-interaction In Barth-Weingarten D, Reber E & Selting M (Ed.), Prosody in Interaction (pp. 51-72). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker G (2004) On Some Interactional and Phonetic Properties of Increments to Turns in Talk-in-Interaction In Couper-Kuhlen E & Ford CE (Ed.), Sound patterns in interaction (pp. 147-169). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Walker G (2003) ‘Doing a rushthrough’ – A phonetic resource for holding the turn in everyday conversation. 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp 1847-1850). Barcelona, 3 August 2003 - 9 August 2003. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

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".

Teaching activities

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.