Digital Science – Why we need a science of talk

As part of the Digital Science Speaker Series Professor Elizabeth Stokoe was invited to give a talk on her fascinating work. Elizabeth Stokoe (Loughborough University) has collected tens to thousands of recordings of talk ‘in the wild’ – from first dates to neighbour disputes. From this research, Stokoe developed the pioneering ‘Conversation Analytic Role-play Method’ of communication skills training, based on evidence about how talk works. In this presentation, she will reveal what happens in the engine room of social life and why studying talk scientifically is crucial.