Dr Gareth Walker

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School of English, The University of Sheffield

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To date, Gareth’s 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 his research he uses auditory and acoustic phonetic techniques in combination with Conversation Analysis (CA) in analysing audio and video recordings of unscripted interaction.

Gareth has 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 he has begun to examine visual aspects of interaction (gaze and gesture) in addition to phonetic detail and sequential organisation in interactions between adults, and between parents and young children.