Dr Traci Walker

BA, MA, PhD

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Senior Lecturer

traci.walker@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2420

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Dr Traci Walker
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
362 Mushroom Lane
Sheffield
S10 2TS
Profile

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

Collaborators

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

Books

  • Walker T (2009) The phonetics of sequence organization: An investigation of other-initiated repair sequences in American English. VDM Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Walker TS & Frajzyngier Z (Ed.) (1999) Reciprocals: Forms and functions. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker TS & Frajzyngier Z (Ed.) (1999) Reflexives: forms and functions. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Ogden R & Walker T (2013) Phonetic resources in the construction of social actions, Studies in Language and Social Interaction (pp. 277-312). John Benjamins Publishing Company RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker T (2013) Requests In Sbisa M & Turner K (Ed.), Handbook of Pragmatics (pp. 445-466). Mouton de Gruyter RIS download Bibtex download
  • Drew P, Walker T & Ogden R (2012) Self-repair and action construction, Conversational Repair and Human Understanding (pp. 71-94). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Drew P & Walker T (2010) Citizens' emergency calls: Requesting assistance in calls to the police, The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics (pp. 95-110). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker T (2010) Repetition and contrast across action sequences Comments on Bill Wells "Tonal repetition and tonal contrast in English carer-child interaction" (pp. 263-266). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walker T (2010) Repetition and contrast across action sequences In Barth-Weingarten D, Reber E & Selting M (Ed.), Prosody in interaction John Benjamins RIS download Bibtex download
  • Drew P & Walker TS (2010) Requesting assistance in calls to the police In Coulthard M & Johnson A (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics (pp. 95-110). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Drew P & Walker T (2009) Conversation Analysis: overview and new directions In Bhatia V, Flowerdew J & Jones R (Ed.), Advances in Discourse Studies Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Curl TS, Couper-Kuhlen E & Ford CE (2004) ‘Repetition Repairs’: The Relationship of Phonetic Structure and Sequence Organisation, Sound Patterns in Interaction (pp. 273-298). John Benjamins RIS download Bibtex download
  • Drew P, Walker T & Ogden R () Self-repair and action construction, Conversational Repair and Human Understanding (pp. 71-94). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bhatia V () Advances in Discourse Studies Routledge RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Working papers

  • Walker TS (1999) The Lakhota definite articles and topic marking, 24. RIS download Bibtex download