You can download my thesis using the following links (please do email me if you'd like
any further information):
Title page to Chapter Three , Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Appendices, References
My main research interest is the relationship between the phonetic-linguistic details of everyday talk and the interactional structures within which (and through which) that talk is produced. In order to explore the phonetics-interaction interface, I use the methodology of Conversation Analysis combined with phonetic analysis techniques. Recent investigations include the organisation of call closings and word searches, and the functions of 'non-linguistic' items such as clicks and the particle 'uh/m'.
In addition, I have also undertaken some research with Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, in which I explored the phonetic properties of the speech of children with autistic spectrum disorders and typically developing children.
I am a member of the following groups and associations:
Wright, M. (2011). The phonetics-interaction interface in the initiation of closings in everyday English telephone calls.Journal of Pragmatics. Vol. 4, pp. 1080-1099.
Wright, M. (2011). On clicks in English talk-in-interaction. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. Vol. 41, (2), pp. 207-229.
Wright, M. (2007). Clicks as markers of new sequences in English conversation. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress in Phonetic Sciences, Saarbrucken, Germany. pp. 1069-1072.
Wright, M. (2007). Movements into call closure in British-English telephone interaction. York Papers in Linguistics, Issue 7, pp. 89-117.
Wright, M. (2007). An exploration of the phonetics-interaction interface: on clicks in English conversation. Bangor University Gregynog Colloquium, Invited talk: March 17.
Wright, M. (2004). Exploring the phonetics-interaction interface of telephone call closings. University of Sheffield, Invited Talk: June 23.
Wright, M. (2004). The phonetic properties of multi-unit first closing turns in British-English telephone call closing sequences. Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, Cambridge, UK. March 24-26. Download the abstract and handout.
Wright, M. (2003). Accounting for variability in the production of 'and' and 'but' in spontaneous speech. This paper was prepared for the Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences but unfortunately I had to withdraw. Download the abstract and paper.
Wright, M. (2002). A sequential account of 'I mean'. EURESCO Conference on Interactional Linguistics , Helsinki, Finland. September 6-11. Download the abstract and handout.Wright, M. (2002). Conversational phonetics: the case of 'and' and 'but'. Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians , Newcastle, UK. March 25-27. Download the handout.
The sounds files below correspond to the fragments in my 2011 paper 'On clicks in English-talk-in-interaction' in the Journal of the International Phonetic
Association, volume 41, issue 02, 207-229.
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Last updated 19 July 2011