Our final visit to the clinical linguistic research centre at Sheffield University looks at their sub area of Interactional Linguistics.
Drawing on the methods of Conversation Analysis, descriptive linguistics and phonetics, interactional linguists address the question: What linguistic resources are used by speakers to articulate particular conversational structures and fulfill interactional functions?
Members of the Sheffield group relate this interest to a range of applied contexts, including:
- Automatic speech recognition by computer.
- Child language development.
- Interactions involving adults and children with a range of communication impairments, arising from , for example, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and specific language impairment (SLI).
All members participate actively in the White Rose Language and Interaction Research Group, and those with developmental interests have been core members of the recent ESRC seminar series ‘Analysing Interactions in Childhood’.