Dr Gareth Walker
BA, MA, PhD (York)
Room 3.25, Jessop West
Internal extension: 20238
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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, turn construction, turn continuation and the signalling of attitude and emotion in conversation. As a development of this work I have examined visual aspects of interaction (gaze and gesture) in addition to phonetic detail and sequential organisation. In my research I have studied interactions between adults, and between parents and young children.
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 would be pleased to hear from anybody interested in conducting research into everyday talk, especially if that work involves (or might involve) phonetics and/or conversation analysis.