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Richard Ogden is a phonetician and conversation analyst. He has worked on data in English, Finnish and British Sign Language, among others. His work combines phonetic detail (that is, the way the sounds of speech are organised) with conversation analytic methodology, as a way of working out how people use aspects of speech to perform social actions, such as turn-taking, agreeing, complaining, and telling stories. He is the author of An Introduction to English Phonetics (EUP). He frequently teaches short courses at York and abroad. He is on the Editorial Board of the journals Phonetic and Interactional Linguistics.
I'm interested in a range of issues around naturally-occurring talk, ranging from segmental phonetic details to the co-ordination of speech with non-speech physical actions such as gesture. I'm also happy to work on languages other than English; I am reasonably fluent in Swedish, Finnish, German, and French and have worked on other languages too.
I'm interested in language as a social phenomenon and as a resource for doing things: previous work focuses on complaints, requests and assessments, as well as turn-taking and indexing certain kinds of stance. My recent work looks at non-lexical vocalisations like clicks, swallows and laughter: how are they organised? How do people in conversation make sense of them? In what respects are they like the sounds of language? What does this organisation tell us about language more generally?
I am interested in supervising projects that combine conversation analysis with phonetics, and multimodal interaction.