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Dr Rebecca Clift

Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Rebecca Clift
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    +44 (0) 1206 872888

  • Location

    4.332, Colchester Campus

Profile

Biography

She studied English literature as an undergraduate at Durham and went on to do a PhD on misunderstandings in conversation at Cambridge. She taught both at the University of Cambridge and at the University of East Anglia before coming to Essex. She was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2002 and is currently visiting research fellow at the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests are in Conversation Analysis. She has published work on the relationship between grammar and interaction, evidentiality, knowledge claims in interaction and reported speech. She is the co-editor, with Elizabeth Holt, of Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and is the author of 'Conversation Analysis' in the Cambridge University Press 'Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics' series. CA Research Group

Qualifications

  • BA Durham

  • MPhil/PhD Cambridge

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Conversation Analysis with particular interests in

Grammar & Interaction

Territories of Knowledge

Reported Speech

Laughter in interaction

Embodiment in interaction

Indirect language

Current research

Laughter in non-serious reported speech

Embodiment in interaction

Indirect language

Conferences and presentations

(forthcoming) University of Belfast, 15th International Pragmatics Association Conference, July 2017 - refereed conference papers

University of Huddersfield, Workshop on The CA-Pragmatics Interface, September 2016 - Plenary lecture

University of Murcia, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, June 2016 - Plenary lectures

The Philological Society, October 2016 - Invited lectures

University of Leeds, May 2015- Invited lectures

British Telecom, Martlesham, January 2015- Invited lectures

University of Antwerp, 14th International Pragmatics Association Conference, July 2015 (co-convener of a panel on Footing in Interaction with Dr. Elizabeth Holt) - refereed conference papers

University of Madrid, Conference on Evidentiality, October 2014 - Plenary lectures

University of California, Los Angeles, International Conference on Conversation Analysis, July 2014 (co-convener of a panel on Laughter in Interaction with Dr. Elizabeth Holt) - refereed conference papers

Loughborough University, Annual Conference on Conversation Analysis, December 2013 - Plenary lectures

University of Manchester, 12th International Pragmatics Association Conference, July 2011 (co-convener of a panel on Laughter in Interaction with Dr. Elizabeth Holt) - refereed conference papers

University of Mannheim, International Conference on Conversation Analysis, July 2010 (co-convener of a panel on Gesture in Interaction with Dr. John Rae) - refereed conference papers

University of Huddersfield, International Conference on Humour and Laughter, July 2009 - Plenary lectures

University of Sheffield, February 2008- Invited lectures

Kings College, London, November 2007- Invited lectures

University of Göteborg, 10th International Pragmatics Conference, July 2007 (co-convener of a panel on Conversation Analysis with Professor Tanya Stivers) - refereed conference papers

University College London, Centre for Applied Interaction Research, November 2006 - Plenary lectures

Loughborough University, October 2005- Invited lectures

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, May 2005- Invited lectures

Heriot Watt University, March 2005- Invited lectures

University of York, UK, June 2003- Invited lectures

University of Cyprus, September 2002- Invited lectures

University of Copenhagen, International Conference on Conversation Analysis, May 2002 - refereed conference papers

University of Cardiff, November 2000- Invited lectures

Euroconference on the Linguistic Organisation of Conversational Activities, Spa, Belgium, September 2000 - refereed conference papers

University of Budapest, 7th International Pragmatics Association Conference, July 2000 (co-convener of a panel on Reported Speech in Interaction with Dr. Elizabeth Holt) - refereed conference papers

University of East Anglia, November 1999- Invited lectures

University of Reims, 6th International Pragmatics Association Conference, July 1998 - refereed conference papers

University of Cardiff, Sociolinguistics Symposium 11, September 1996 - refereed conference papers

Teaching and supervision

  • Semantics and Pragmatics (LG211)

  • Conversation and Social Interaction (LG484)

  • Media and Institutional Talk (LG489)

  • Professional Development for Research Students (LG595)

  • Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (LG621)

Publications

Journal articles (15)

Clift, RJ. and Raymond, CW., (2018). Actions in Practice: On details in collections. Discourse Studies. 20 (1), 90-119

Clift, R., (2016). Don’t make me laugh: Responsive laughter in (dis)affiliation. Journal of Pragmatics. 100, 73-88

Clift, R., (2014). Visible Deflation: Embodiment and Emotion in Interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction. 47 (4), 380-403

Clift, R., (2012). Identifying action: Laughter in non-humorous reported speech. Journal of Pragmatics. 44 (10), 1303-1312

Clift, R., (2012). Who Knew?: A View from Linguistics. Research on Language & Social Interaction. 45 (1), 69-75

Clift, R. and Helani, F., (2010). Inshallah: Religious invocations in Arabic topic transition. Language in Society. 39 (03), 357-382

Clift, R. and Helani, F., (2010). Inshallah: Religious invocations in Arabic topic transition. Language in Society. 39 (03), 357-382

Clift, R., (2010). Review of Alexandra Jaffe (ed.), Stance: Sociolinguistic perspectives (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. vii+261.. Journal of Linguistics. 46 (02), 518-522

Chevalier, FH. and Clift, R., (2008). Unfinished turns in French conversation: Projectability, syntax and action. Journal of Pragmatics. 40 (10), 1731-1752

Clift, R., (2006). Indexing stance: Reported speech as an interactional evidential. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 10 (5), 569-595

Clift, R., (2005). Discovering order. Lingua. 115 (11), 1641-1665

Clift, R., (2003). Synonyms in action: A Case Study. International Journal of English Studies. 3 (1), 167-187

Clift, R., (2001). Meaning in interaction: The case of actually. Language. 77 (2), 245-291

Clift, R., (1999). Irony in conversation. Language in Society. 28 (4), 523-553

Clift, R., (1998). Lexical misunderstandings and prototype theory. AI & Society. 12 (3), 109-133

Books (3)

Clift, R., (2016). Conversation Analysis. Cambridge University Press. 052119850X. 9780521198509

Borsley, RD. and Börjars, K., (2011). Introduction. Springer. 9780631209652

Holt, E. and Clift, R., (2006). Reporting talk: Reported speech in interaction. 9780511486654

Book chapters (6)

Clift, RJ., Conversation Analysis. In: The Pragmatics of Discourse. Editors: Barron, A. and Schneider, KP., . 9783110214390

Drew, P., Clift, RJ. and Hutchby, I., Conversation Analysis. In: The Pragmatics of Interaction. Editors: D'hont, S., Östman, J-O. and Verschueren, J., . 9789027207814

Clift, RJ., (2013). No laughing matter: Laughter and resistance in the construction of identity. In: Studies of Laughter in Interaction. Bloomsbury. 9781441164797

Clift, RJ. and Drew, P., (2013). 'Why that, now? Position and composition in interaction (or, don't forget the position in composition). In: Language, Music and Interaction. Editors: Orwin, M., Howes, C. and Kempson, R., . College Productions. 9781848901247

Clift, RJ., (2010). Introduction. In: Reporting Talk Reported Speech in Interaction. Editors: Holt, E. and Clift, RJ., . Cambridge University Press. 1- 15. 0521154561. 9780521154567

Clift, R., (2006). Getting there first: Non-narrative reported speech in interaction. In: Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction. 120- 149. 9780511486654

Grants and funding

2016

The Body in Action: the 'open-palm' gesture in comparative perspective

The British Academy

Contact

rclift@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872888

Location:

4.332, Colchester Campus