Dr Gareth Walker
School of English
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
+44 114 222 0238
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School of English
1 Upper Hanover Street
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.
- Characterising spoken responses to an intelligent virtual agent by persons with mild cognitive impairment. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. View this article in WRRO
- On the potential of phonetic analysis to distinguish between people with epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 30(1), 92-109. View this article in WRRO
- Close proximity of turn-continuation to possible turn-completion in conversation. Speech Communication, 99, 231-241. View this article in WRRO
- Visual Representations of Acoustic Data: A Survey and Suggestions. Research on Language & Social Interaction, 50(4), 363-387. View this article in WRRO
- Pitch and the Projection of More Talk. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50(2), 206-225. View this article in WRRO
- Young children’s use of laughter as a means of responding to questions. Journal of Pragmatics, 112, 20-32. View this article in WRRO
- Phonetic Variation and Interactional Contingencies in Simultaneous Responses. Discourse Processes, 53(4), 298-324. View this article in WRRO
- Young Children's Use of Laughter After Transgressions. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 46(4), 363-382. View this article in WRRO
- Editorial. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 27(10-11), 735.
- View this article in WRRO On the intersection of phonetic detail and the organisation of interaction: clinical connections. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27.
- Coordination and Interpretation of Vocal and Visible Resources: 'Trail-off' Conjunctions. Language and Speech, 55(1), 141-163. View this article in WRRO
- How phonetic features project more talk. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 42, 255-280-255-280. View this article in WRRO
- Stance and affect in conversation: on the interplay of sequential and phonetic resources. Text & Talk, 28(6), 723-747. View this article in WRRO
- On the design and use of pivots in everyday English conversation. Journal of Pragmatics, 39(12), 2217-2243. View this article in WRRO
- Repetition and the prosody-pragmatics interface. Journal of Pragmatics, 38(10), 1721-1751. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO `Mind the gap': further resources in the production of multi-unit, multi-action turns.. York Papers in Linguistics Series 2(3), 133-143.
- Methodological imperatives for investigating the phonetic organisation and phonological structures of spontaneous speech. Phonetica: international journal of phonetic science, 62(2-4), 120-130. View this article in WRRO
- Abrupt-joins as a resource for the production of multi-unit, multi-action turns. Journal of Pragmatics, 36(8), 1375-1403. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Phonetics and prosody in conversation In Sidnell J & Stivers T (Ed.), Handbook of Conversation Analysis Wiley-Blackwell
- View this article in WRRO Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction In Andersen G & Aijmer K (Ed.), Pragmatics of Society (pp. 153-180). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
- 6. Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction, Pragmatics of Society DE GRUYTER
- The phonetic constitution of a turn-holding practice, Prosody in Interaction (pp. 51-72). John Benjamins Publishing Company
- View this article in WRRO 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 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.
Conference proceedings papers
- 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.