Dr Traci Walker, BA, MA, PhD

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2420

email: traci.walker@sheffield.ac.uk


I received my MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Colorado, after which I relocated the UK and took up a post as a Research Assistant at the University of York. I was an RCUK Fellow in Communication and Language Use in Interaction from 2007-2012, moving on to a lecturer post which I held till joining the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield as a Senior Lecturer in September 2015. My research investigates the function and use of linguistic structures in communication within typical and atypical populations. All my work is grounded in an interest in discovering the order and structure of language in everyday use. To that end, I work with recordings (both video and audio) of naturally-occurring interactions, combining the methods of Conversation Analysis with more traditional means of linguistic analysis.

Research interests

  • Application of conversation analysis to interactions on acute care wards between people with aphasia and healthcare professionals
  • The manipulation of fine phonetic detail to achieve particular outcomes in interaction
  • Integrating theories of semantics and pragmatics with what really goes on in everyday talk
  • The form and functions of self- and other-repetition


  • Prof Markus Reuber (University of Sheffield)
  • Prof Paul Drew (University of Loughborough)
  • Dr Gareth Walker (University of Sheffield)

Key publications

Walker, T. (2014). Form ≠ function: the independence of prosody and action. Research on Language and Social Interaction 47: 1-16.

Benjamin, T. & Walker, T. (2013) Managing problems of acceptability through high rise fall repetitions. Discourse Processes 50, 107-138.

Ogden, R. & Walker, T. (2013) . Phonetic resources in the construction of social actions. In Units of Talk – Units of Action, B. Szczepek Reed and G. Raymond (eds.), p. 277-312. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Robson, C., Drew, P., Walker, T. & Reuber, M. Catastrophising and normalising in patients’ accounts of their seizure experiences. Seizure 10:795-801.

Walker, T. & Drew, P. (2008). Contingency and action: a comparison of two forms of requesting. Research on Language and Social Interaction 41 April-June: 129-153.