Dr. Traci Walker (nee Curl)

Department of Language and Linguistic Science
University of York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1904 43 3611


Research interests

I am an RCUK Fellow in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York.  Click here for more information about the RCUK Fellowship scheme

I am currently working with Professor Paul Drew (Sociology) and Professor John Local on an AHRB-funded project entitled: The Sequential and Linguistic-Phonetic Design of Indirectness in Talk-in-interaction.. We will be looking at how speakers use phonetic features and the sequential organisation of turns at talk to accomplish indirectness. We will also investigate how these phonetic and sequential features are reacted to by interlocutors. By doing this we give our analysis a firm grounding in the behaviour of ordinary people engaged in everyday conversation.

My most recent publications come out of work on an ESRC-funded project investigating how linguistic features of verbal conduct - including lexis, phonetics, syntax and pragmatics - are systematically related to the management of affiliation/disaffiliation when engaged in and responding to activities such as complaints, offers, and requests.

I am also interested in the uses and functions of self-repetition, especially on how the phonetic make-up of a so-called 'repetition' is sensitive to the sequential environment. I have investigated the use of self-repetition in other-initiated repairs, in the closings of sequences (in collaboration with John Local and Gareth Walker).

Selected papers

2006. Offers of assistance: constraints on syntactic design. Journal of Pragmatics. 38:1257-1280

2005. Practices in other-initiated repair resolution: the phonetic differentiation of 'repetitions'. Discourse Processes 39(1):1-44.

2004.'Repetition' repairs: The relationship of phonetic structure and sequence organization. In Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Cecilia E. Ford, (eds.) Sound Patterns in Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2004. With John Local and Gareth Walker. Repetition and the Prosody-Pragmatics Interface. York Papers in Linguistics Series 2 Issue 1, pp. 29-63


My CV (last updated 2008)

My PhD thesis: The phonetics of sequence organization: an investigation of lexical repetition in other-initiated repair sequences in American English

I am a member of the Phonetics and Phonology Research Group at the University of York, the White Rose Language and Interaction Research Group, and also belong to the British Association of Academic Phoneticians and the International Phonetic Association. Here are links to some of my colleagues' webpages:

  • Paul Drew
  • Barbara Fox
  • John Local
  • Richard Ogden
  • Leendert Plug

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    This page was last updated June 23, 2007.