Rebecca Clift

Rebecca Clift, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex (UK).


email: rclift@essex.ac.uk


website: http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~rclift/


Education

  • 1996 – University of Cambridge. PhD in Linguistics. Thesis: Misunderstandings in Conversation.
  • 1988 – University of Cambridge. M.Phil. in Linguistics.
  • 1986 – University of Durham. B.A. (Hons.) in English

Academic appointments

  • Since 2007 – Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.
  • 2016-20 – Visiting Research Fellow, School of English, Music and Humanities, University of Huddersfield.
  • 2002 – Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 1995-2007 – Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.
  • 1989-94 – Undergraduate Supervisor and M.Phil. Phonetics Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge.
  • 1992-93 – Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of East Anglia.
  • 1992-94 – Teacher, Department of Linguistics, University College London, Summer Course in English Phonetics.

Publications

  • (in prep.) Conversation Matters: The things we do with words. Invited proposal for Profile, the leading publisher of non-fiction books.
  • Robinson, Jeff, Rebecca Clift, Kobin Kendrick and Chase Raymond (eds.) (in prep.) Handbook of Research Methods in Conversation Analysis. Cambridge University Press.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2016a). Conversation Analysis. Cambridge University Press.
  • Holt, Elizabeth and Rebecca Clift (eds.) (2007a) Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction. Cambridge University Press.

Books

  • Clift, Rebecca (in prep.) Conversation Matters: The things we do with words. Invited proposal for Profile, the leading publisher of non-fiction books.
  • Robinson, Jeff, Rebecca Clift, Kobin Kendrick and Chase Raymond (eds.) (in prep.) Handbook of Research Methods in Conversation Analysis. Cambridge University Press.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2016a). Conversation Analysis. Cambridge University Press.
  • Holt, Elizabeth and Rebecca Clift (eds.) (2007a) Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction. Cambridge University Press.

Journal articles

  • Clift, Rebecca and Chase Raymond (2022) Grammar in Time: Pragmatic contingency and non-restrictive ‘which’. Submitted to
  • Clift, Rebecca and Giovanni Rossi (2022) Eyebrow raises in the transition space. To appear (2022) in a special issue of the journal Social Interaction on facial expressions.
  • Clift, Rebecca, and Chase Raymond (2022) Grammar in Time: Pragmatic Contingency and Non-restrictive ‘which’. “Revise and resubmit” verdict from Language.
  • Lamarche, Veronica M., Uhlich, M., James-Hawkins, L., Alexopoulous, C., Croft, A., Dorrance Hall, E., Roaché, D.J., Sharabi, L.L., Timmermans, E. and Clift, R. (2021) Temporarily devoted to you: Non-voluntary dependence, felt constraint and intentions to leave the partner during COVID-19. Submitted to the Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2021) Embodiment in Dissent: The eye-roll as an interactional practice. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 54, 3, 261-276.
  • Raymond, Chase W., Rebecca Clift, and John Heritage (2021). Reference without Anaphora: On agency through grammar. Linguistics 59, 3, 715-755.
  • Lamarche, Veronica and Clift, Rebecca (2021) Families at the Front Lines of Covid-19: Results from Snapshot of Families Pre-Pandemic and Longitudinal Survey of UK Parents During Covid-19. Final Report from the IAA Challenge Lab, University of Essex and Family Action.
  • Clift, Rebecca and Pino, Marco (2020) Turning the tables: Objecting to conduct in conflict talk. Research on Language and Social Interaction. 53, 4, 463-480. https://doi.org/10.1080/08351813.2020.1826765.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2020) Stability and visibility in embodiment: the ‘Palm Up’ in interaction. Journal of Pragmatics 169, 190-205.
  • Clift, Rebecca and Raymond, Chase W., (2018). Actions in Practice: On details in collections. Discourse Studies 20 (1), 90-119.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2016b). Don’t Make Me Laugh: Responsive laughter as a (dis)affiliative action. Journal of Pragmatics, 100: 73-88.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2014). Visible Deflation: Embodiment and emotion in interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 47:4, 380-403.
  • Clift, Rebecca, Drew, Paul, and Local, John (2013) Why that, now? Position and Composition in Interaction (or, don’t leave out the position in composition). In Language, Music and Interaction, eds, Martin Orwin, Christine Howes and Ruth Kempson. College Productions.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2012a) Identifying Action: Laughter in Non-Humorous Reported Speech. Journal of Pragmatics, 44, 1303-1312.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2012b) Who knew?: A view from Linguistics. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 45, 1, 69-75.
  • Clift, Rebecca and Fadi Helani (2010) Inshallah: Religious invocations in Arabic topic transition. Language in Society, 39, 1-26.
  • Clift, Rebecca and Fabienne H.G. Chevalier (2008). Unfinished turns in French conversation: projectability, syntax and action. Journal of Pragmatics, 40, 8, 1731-1752.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2006). Indexing stance: Reported speech as an interactional evidential. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 10/5, 569-595. Republished (2013) in Contemporary Studies in Conversation Analysis, eds. Paul Drew and John Heritage. Sage.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2005). Discovering Order. Lingua, 115, pp.1641-1665.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2003). Synonyms in action. International Journal of English Studies, 3, 1, pp. 167-187.
  • Clift, Rebecca (2001). Meaning in interaction: the case of ‘actually’. Language, 77:2, pp. 245-291.
  • Clift, Rebecca (1999) Irony in conversation. Language in Society, 28:4, pp.523-553.
  • Clift, Rebecca (1998). Lexical misunderstandings and prototype theory. AI & Society, 12, pp.109-133.

Lectures and presentations

  • (2018) ‘Signs of Trouble: Embodiment in Dissent’, Loughborough University, International Conference on Conversation Analysis, July 2018.
  • (2016) ‘Autonomy and Agency in Indirection’. University of Murcia, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, June 2016
  • (2014) ‘Stance in the Sequence’. University of Madrid, International Conference on Evidentiality, October 2014.
  • (2009) ‘No laughing matter: Laughter in the reporting of non-humorous speech’. University of Huddersfield, International Conference on Humour and Laughter, July.
  • (upcoming, 2022) What’s reported in reported speech. Workshop on Quotation and Reported Speech, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, October.
  • (2021) Do eyes make words? Do words see them? Dutch Linguistic Society, Dutch Society for Applied Linguistics and LOT, Netherlands Graduate School Dutch Annual Linguistics Day, January.
  • (2020) ‘The Visibility of Trouble: On Displays of Affect in Embodiment’. Uppsala University, Transition and Sustainability of Communicative Competencies in Interactions Involving Young People with Communication Disabilities (TRANSCOMM) Workshop 2, Tensions, Troubles and Displays of Affect, June.
  • (2018) ‘On Filthy Looks and Sceptical Looks: Facial Expression, Visibility and Action’. Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York, LANSI working group. October.
  • (2016) ‘Indirectness in Interaction’. University of Huddersfield, Workshop on The CA-Pragmatics Interface, September.
  • (2013) ‘Visible deflation: embodied emotion in interaction’. Loughborough University, Annual Conversation Analysis Day, December.
  • (2013) ‘The Body in Action: An Overview’. University of Essex, SociolinguistEssex Conference, June.
  • (2006) ‘Indexing Stance’. University College London, Inaugural Conference, Centre for Applied Interaction Research, November.
  • ‘On looks and language: the intersection of talk and the body’. Ocean University, Qingdao, Shandong, China, June 2021.
  • ‘On Filthy Looks and Sceptical Looks: Facial Expression, Visibility and Action’. Huddersfield University, November 2019.
  • ‘Indirection in interaction’. CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios en Antropología Social), Mexico City, January 2017.
  • ‘Indirection in Interaction’. Department of English, University of Leicester, November 2016.
  • ‘Agency and Autonomy in Interaction’. The Philological Society, Senate House, University College, London, October 2016.
  • ‘No Laughing Matter’. Department of Linguistics, University of Leeds, May 2015
  • ‘Why that, now? Position and Composition in Interaction’ (with Paul Drew and John Local), Symposium on Language, Music and Interaction, Queen Mary, University of London, November 2012.
  • ‘The non-restrictive ‘which’ clause as an interactional resource’. University of Sheffield, February 2008.
  • ‘Relative clauses and interaction: a case study’. King’s College, London, November 2007.
  • ‘Reported speech in Interaction’. Department of Social Science, Loughborough University, October 2005.
  • ‘What’s reported in reported speech’. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, May 2005.
  • ‘Reported speech in Interaction’. Department of Language and Intercultural Studies, Heriot Watt University, March 2005.
  • ‘What’s reported in reported speech’. Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, UK, June 2003.
  • ‘Grammar in Interaction: The case of actually’. School of English and Philosophy, University of Cardiff, November 2000.
  • ‘Irony in Conversation’. Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, June 2000.
  • ‘Irony in Conversation’. School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia, November 1999.

Research training

  • I was awarded a place on the highly competitive and intensive six-week Practicum in Conversation Analysis, taught by Professors Emanuel A. Schegloff, John Heritage, Gene Lerner and Don Zimmerman, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, during the Linguistics Institute, 2001.
  • I undertook further research training in Conversation Analysis as a Visiting Research Fellow at UCLA in 2002.

Previous departmental administrative roles

  • Assistant Director of Research Students (2017-2020)
  • Director of Postgraduate Education (2012-2017)
  • Departmental Steering Group (2012-2017)
  • Academic Offences officer, Department of Language and Linguistics (2015-2016)
  • Member, Undergraduate Assessment Committee (from 2010-2015)
  • Member, Research Strategy Group (from 2007-2012)
  • Co-ordinator, Postgraduate Taught Courses (from January 2003-2007)
  • Member, Departmental Advising Team (from 1997 onwards)
  • Member, Postgraduate Staff-Student Liaison Committee (1996-2002; 2012 onwards)
  • Member, appointments committee for academic posts in Syntax (2017), French (2017), Phonology (2017), Sociolinguistics (2017), Applied Linguistics (2003), Second Language Acquisition (2003) and English Linguistics (1999); and for administrative positions (2007, 2013, 2014)
  • Member, Departmental Equipment Committee (1999-2002)
  • Member, Departmental IT Strategy Committee (1997-1998)

Directorship of degree courses

  • Director, BA English Language and Linguistics (from 2017)
  • Director, BA Linguistics (from 2017-2019)
  • Director, MA English Language and Linguistics (from 2016-2019)
  • Director, BA English Language and Literature (from 2014-2017)
  • Director, MA English Language and Literature (2014-2015)
  • Director, MA in Sociolinguistics (1997-8, 2001-2 Autumn/Summer, 2002-4)
  • Co-director, MA in Sociolinguistics (1996-7, 1998-9)

Professional affiliations

  • International Society for Conversation Analysis (ISCA)
  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
  • International Pragmatics Association (IPra)

References

  • Professor Paul Drew, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, drew@york.ac.uk
  • Professor John Heritage, Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, heritage@soc.ucla.edu
  • Professor John Local, Emeritus Professor, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, local@york.ac.uk
  • Professor Jeffrey D. Robinson, Chair, Department of Communication, Portland State University, jeffreyr@pdx.edu