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 did my studying at the University of York with a BA in English Literature and Linguistics (2000), followed by an MA in Linguistics by Research (2001), and a PhD in Linguistics (2004). I joined the School of English as Lecturer in Linguistics in 2006, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2013.
- Research interests
All of my research to date has been directed at trying to reach a more complete understanding of how we use linguistic resources when we engage in everyday conversation. My research combines Conversation Analysis (CA) with techniques of auditory and acoustic phonetics.
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, repetition, the speech of people with epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures, and people with mild cognitive impairment.
I am currently involved in research into the speech of people with 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 "Publications".
- Teaching activities
My main teaching responsibilities are in phonetics and conversation analysis. This means convening and teaching the following courses:
ELL12 Sounds of English
ELL354 Advanced Phonetics
EGH304 Conversation Analysis
I contribute to courses in sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and research methods at undergraduate and MA level, and supervise undergraduate and MA dissertations.