Professor Ray Wilkinson
BSc, MA, PhD, MRCSLT
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
Professor of Human Communication
+44 114 222 2449
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Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
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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.
- Commentary — developing the comparative perspective in atypical interaction research. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 34(10-11), 1045-1054.
- Variation and interactional non-standardization in neuropsychological tests: the case of the Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination. Qualitative Health Research, 30(3), 458-470. View this article in WRRO
- From conversation to connection: a cross-case analysis of life-story work with five couples where one partner has semantic dementia. Ageing & Society, 39(10), 2322-2345. View this article in WRRO
- Once more, with feeling: Conductors’ use of assessments and directives to provide feedback in choir rehearsals. Musicae scientiae : the journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 23(3), 362-382. View this article in WRRO
- Atypical interaction: Conversation analysis and communicative impairments. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 52(3), 281-299. View this article in WRRO
- Taking turns: bridging the gap between human and animal communication. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 285(1880). View this article in WRRO
- Everyday conversation in dementia: a review of the literature to inform research and practice. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 52(4), 392-406. View this article in WRRO
- USING VIDEO AND BIOGRAPHICAL METHODS TO EXPLORE HOME-BASED INTERACTION IN SEMANTIC DEMENTIA. The Gerontologist, 55(Suppl_2), 382-382.
- Multiple repair sequences in everyday conversations involving people with Parkinson's disease. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 50(6), 814-829. View this article in WRRO
- An interaction-focused intervention approach to training everyday communication partners: a single case study. Aphasiology, 29(3), 378-399. View this article in WRRO
- Conversation and aphasia: advances in analysis and intervention. Aphasiology, 29(3), 257-268.
- Problems with the understandability of aphasic talk: mentions of persons as a trouble source in interaction. Aphasiology, 29(3), 291-314.
- Life story resources in dementia care: a review. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 15(3), 151-161. View this article in WRRO
- Living with semantic dementia: a case study of one family's experience.. Qual Health Res, 24(3), 401-411. View this article in WRRO
- Intervening With Conversation Analysis in Speech and Language Therapy: Improving Aphasic Conversation. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 47(3), 219-238.
- The interactional organization of aphasia naming testing.. Clin Linguist Phon, 27(10-11), 805-822.
- Adapting to conversation with semantic dementia: Using enactment as a compensatory strategy in everyday social interaction. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 48(5), 497-507. View this article in WRRO
- Mild aphasia: is this the place for an argument?. Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 22(2), S268-S278.
- Mobilising recipiency: Child participation and 'rights to speak' in multi-party family interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 50(1), 37-51.
- Speaker transfer in children's peer conversation: completing communication-aid-mediated contributions.. Augment Altern Commun, 29(1), 37-53.
- Gestural depiction in acquired language disorders: on the form and use of iconic gestures in aphasic talk-in-interaction.. Augment Altern Commun, 29(1), 68-82.
- Conversation Analysis and the Study of Atypical Populations, 533-550.
- Rehabilitation Targeted at Everyday Communication: Can We Change the Talk of People With Aphasia and Their Significant Others Within Conversation?. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Supplement 1(93), 70-76.
- Potential Causes and Consequences of Overlap in Talk between Speakers with Parkinson’s Disease and Their Familiar Conversation Partners. Seminars in Speech and Language, 33(01), 27-43.
- Can impairment-focused therapy change the everyday conversations of people with aphasia? A review of the literature and future directions. Aphasiology, 26(7), 895-916.
- Investigating interactional competencies in Parkinson's disease: the potential benefits of a conversation analytic approach. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 46(5), 497-509.
- Acquired dysarthria in conversation: Methods of resolving understandability problems. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 46(5), 510-523.
- Interaction-focused intervention for acquired language disorders: Facilitating mutual adaptation in couples where one partner has aphasia. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(1), 74-87.
- Applying conversation analysis to traumatic brain injury: investigating touching another person in everyday social interaction. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(3), 243-252.
- Interaction-focused intervention: A conversation analytic approach to aphasia therapy. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 1(1), 45-68.
- Implementing and evaluating aphasia therapy targeted at couples' conversations: A single case study. Aphasiology, 6(24), 869-886.
- Formulating Actions and Events With Limited Linguistic Resources: Enactment and Iconicity in Agrammatic Aphasic Talk. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 1(43), 57-84.
- Projecting a Reference in Aphasic Talk and Normal Talk. Discourse Processes, 2-3(46), 206-225.
- The collaborative construction of non‐serious episodes of interaction by non‐speaking children with cerebral palsy and their peers. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23(8), 583-597.
- Acquired dysarthria in conversation: Identifying sources of understandability problems. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 44(5), 769-783.
- Prosody as a compensatory strategy in the conversations of people with agrammatism. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23(2), 133-155.
- Combining music and life story to enhance participation in family interaction in semantic dementia: a longitudinal study of one family’s experience. Arts and Health, 1-16. View this article in WRRO
- Storytelling in a Meaning-and-Fluency Task in the Second Language Classroom In Wong J & Waring H (Ed.), Storytelling in Multilingual Interaction: A Conversation Analysis Perspective
- Living at home with semantic dementia Creating a life storybook with Ruby and Brian to support personal identity and well-being, PARTICIPATORY CASE STUDY WORK (pp. 33-50).
- ‘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
- Atypical Interaction: An Introduction, Atypical Interaction (pp. 1-36). Springer International Publishing
- 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.
- Transcribing atypical interaction In Hepburn A & Bolden G (Ed.), Transcribing for Social Research SAGE
- View this article in WRRO 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.
- Name-Calling by a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome, The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health (pp. 350-366). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Conversation analysis, Handbook of Qualitative Research in Communication Disorders (pp. 79-92).
- Requesting behaviours within episodes of active sharing, Gesture Studies (pp. 199-222). John Benjamins Publishing Company
- Requesting behaviors within episodes of active sharing A new look on chimpanzee signaling, DEVELOPMENTS IN PRIMATE GESTURE RESEARCH (pp. 199-221).
- Conversation analysis In Damico J & Ball M (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- 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.
Conference proceedings papers
- Seeing the music in their hands: How conductors’ depictions shape the music. European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 2017 Conference Proceedings (pp 59-66)
- The Effects of Lexical Retrieval Therapy on the Conversations of People with Chronic Non-fluent Aphasia: Can We Capture and Quantify Change?. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 61 (pp 150-151)