Dr Gareth Walker

Photo of Gareth Walker School of English
University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA

email: g dot walker at sheffield dot ac dot uk
tel: 0114 2220238

Research

My main research interests are auditory and acoustic phonetics, Conversation Analysis (CA), and the interface between these modes of enquiry. I am particularly interested in anything which can help us to better understand situated language use (especially everyday conversation), and the communicative function of phonetic detail.

Writings

Versions of many of these papers are available in the following online repositories:

Further information about the papers is available on Google Scholar and via ORCID. If you have difficulty accessing any of the articles or chapters you are interested in, then email me and I will be happy to send a copy.

Articles

Gareth Walker, 2017, Visual representations of acoustic data: a survey and suggestions. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50 (4), pp. 363-387. (Free access to full version of the paper via this link. Scripts associated with this paper are available here. I have written a post about this paper for the Research on Language and Social Interaction blog.)

Gareth Walker, 2017, Pitch and the projection of more talk. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50 (2), pp. 206-225. (Free access to full version of the paper via this link.)

Gareth Walker, 2017, Young children's use of laughter as a means of responding to questions. Journal of Pragmatics 112, pp. 20-32. (Free access to full version of the paper via this link; author's final version available via this link.)

Gareth Walker, 2016, Phonetic variation and interactional contingencies in simultaneous responses. Discourse Processes 53 (4) pp. 298-324.

Gareth Walker, 2013, Young children's use of laughter after transgressions. Research on Language and Social Interaction 46 (4) pp. 363-382.

Gareth Walker and John Local, 2013, On the intersection of phonetic detail and the organization of interaction: Clinical connections. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics 27 (10-11) pp. 770-783. (Free access to full version of the paper via this link.)

John Local and Gareth Walker, 2012, How phonetic features project more talk. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 42 (3) pp. 255-280.

Gareth Walker, 2012, Coordination and interpretation of vocal and visible resources: `Trail-off' conjunctions. Language and Speech 55 (1) pp. 141-163. (You can read a non-technical summary of the article on the Linguistics Research Digest.)

John Local and Gareth Walker, 2008, Stance and affect in conversation: on the interplay of sequential and phonetic resources. Text & Talk 28 (7) pp. 723-747.

Gareth Walker, 2007, On the design and use of pivots in everyday conversation. Journal of Pragmatics 39 (12) pp. 2217-2243.

Traci S. Curl, John Local and Gareth Walker, 2006, Repetition and the prosody-pragmatics interface. Journal of Pragmatics 38 (10) pp. 1721-1751.

John Local and Gareth Walker, 2005, Methodological imperatives for investigating the phonetic organisation and phonological structures of spontaneous speech. Phonetica 62, pp. 120-130.

John Local and Gareth Walker, 2005, 'Mind the gap': further resources in the production of multi-unit, multi-action turns.York Papers in Linguistics Series 2, Issue 1, pp. 133-143 (link to PDF).

John Local and Gareth Walker, 2004, Abrupt-joins as a resource for the production of multi-unit, multi-action turns. Journal of Pragmatics 36 (8), pp. 1375-1403.

Traci S. Curl, John Local and Gareth Walker, 2004, Repetition and the prosody-pragmatics interface. York Papers in Linguistics Series 2, Issue 1, pp. 29-63.

Book chapters

Gareth Walker, 2013, Phonetics and prosody in conversation. In Jack Sidnell and Tanya Stivers, Eds, Handbook of Conversation Analysis. pp. 455-474. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Audio files.

Gareth Walker, 2011, Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction. In Gisle Andersen and Karin Aijmer, Eds, Pragmatics of Society (Handbook of Pragmatics, Volume 5). pp. 153-180. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Audio files.

Gareth Walker, 2010, The phonetic constitution of a turn-holding practice: rush-throughs in English talk-in-interaction. In Dagmar Barth-Weingarten, Elisabeth Reber and Margret Selting, Eds, Prosody in Interaction. pp. 51-72. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Audio files.

Gareth Walker, 2004, On some interactional and phonetic properties of increments to turns in talk-in-interaction. In Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Cecilia E. Ford, Eds, Sound Patterns in Interaction. pp. 147-169. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

PhD thesis

Gareth Walker, 2004, The phonetic design of turn endings, beginnings, and continuations in conversation (link to PDF). PhD thesis, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York.

Selected presentations

Gareth Walker, 2017, Visual representations of acoustic data in CA research: a survey and suggestions. Paper presented at 11th CA Day: Structure and Action in Talk, Loughborough University.

Emina Kurtic and Gareth Walker, 2016, The phonetics of negative responses (link to PNG version of the poster). Poster presented at the Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, Lancaster.

Gareth Walker, 2016, Phonetic details and the projection of more talk (link to PNG version of the poster). Poster presented at the Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, Lancaster.

John Local and Gareth Walker, 2010, Speaking in time and sequence: Phonetics and the management of talk-in-interaction (link to PNG version of the poster). Poster presented at the Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, London. Audio files.

Gareth Walker, 2003, 'Doing a rushthrough' -- A phonetic resource for holding the turn in everyday conversation (link to PDF). Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. pp. 1847-1850.

Teaching

I teach courses in phonetics, phonology, conversation analysis, and contribute to courses in sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and research methods. I have also run workshops on the phonetics of talk-in-interaction in various locations around the world.

Resources

You can find my LaTeX package for setting conversation analysis transcriptions (convtran) here and some documentation to go with it here.

Some Praat resources, including scripts for preparing visual representations, are here.