Professor Ray Wilkinson


Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Professor of Human Communication
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Professor Ray Wilkinson
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

Ray Wilkinson is Professor of Human Communication in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Previously he worked at University College London and the University of Manchester, and as a speech and language therapist in the NHS. He was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Fellow between 2008 and 2011, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2004 and 2011.

Research interests

Ray Wilkinson’s research focuses on human communication within everyday social interaction, and in particular how participants manage communication when one or more of them do not have the full set of linguistic or cognitive resources available to a neurotypical adult native language speaker. Much of his work investigates the nature of atypical interaction, in particular social interactions involving people with acquired brain damage such as aphasia and the communicative impairments secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury.

He has also published on the development of interactional competence in normally-developing children, and on the communicative conduct of non-human primates. He is a co-author of SPPARC (Supporting Partners of People with Aphasia in Relationships and Conversation), a clinical assessment and intervention resource for speech and language therapists, and has published a number of papers on how interaction-focused intervention can improve everyday communication for people with aphasia and their significant others.



Journal articles


  • Wilkinson R & Morris S (2020) ‘My Own Space in This World’: Stammering, Telephone Calls, and the Progressivity and Permeability of Turns-at-Talk, Atypical Interaction (pp. 319-344). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R, Rae JP & Rasmussen G (2020) Atypical Interaction: An Introduction, Atypical Interaction (pp. 1-36). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kindell J & Wilkinson R (2018) Video data and biographical music as a method to record and explore interaction in semantic dementia In Keady J, Hyden LC, Johnson A & Swarbrick C (Ed.), Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies: Inclusion and Innovation (pp. 77-95). London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R (2017) Transcribing atypical interaction In Hepburn A & Bolden G (Ed.), Transcribing for Social Research SAGE RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R (2016) Dialogtraining für Menschen mit schwerer Aphasie und deren Partner: SPPARC in der klinischen Praxis In Steiner J (Ed.), Aphasie im Kontext. Einführung in die Praxis des alltagsorientierten Empowerments (pp. 159-169). Bern: SZH. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rendle-Short J, Wilkinson R & Danby S (2015) Name-Calling by a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome, The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health (pp. 350-366). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R (2014) Conversation analysis, Handbook of Qualitative Research in Communication Disorders (pp. 79-92). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R, Leudar I & Pika S (2012) Requesting behaviours within episodes of active sharing, Gesture Studies (pp. 199-222). John Benjamins Publishing Company RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R () Conversation analysis In Damico J & Ball M (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkinson R, Bloch S & Clarke M () On the use of graphic resources in interaction by people with communication disorders In Streek J, Goodwin C & LeBaron C (Ed.), Embodied Interaction: Language and Body In The Material World (pp. 152-168). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Theses / Dissertations

  • Sorn M (2017) Designing with children: Spatial Literacy explored through Communication between Children and Spatial Designers. RIS download Bibtex download