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Dr Carly Butler

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Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology.

Carly completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, with a study of children’s interaction in the school playground.  Her postdoctoral work in Brisbane, Australia involved researching interactions on Kids Helpline and Child Health Line (with Susan Danby, Michael Emmison and others), and work on methodology, family interaction and broadcast talk (with Richard Fitzgerald) before joining the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough in 2010. Carly is founding editor of the journal Research on Children and Social Interaction (Equinox, first issue Summer 2016), and member of Loughborough’s Discourse and Rhetoric Group and the Helpline Research Unit.

Carly welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students and is happy to supervise research on any aspect of social interaction, and research on children’s interactions and social worlds.

Carly’s research examines social interaction in everyday life using conversation analysis, ethnomethodology and membership categorisation analysis. Her research focuses primarily on children’s play and interaction, family interaction, and helpline interactions. She has a particular interest in methodological issues in the study of social interaction.

Carly teaches Psychological Statistics 1A in the first year and Developmental Psychology in the second year. She runs two optional modules in the third year - Social Psychology of Everyday Life and Children’s Interactions and supervises final year projects. Carly will also be teaching on the new Masters Programmes in Communication and Interaction: Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology.

  • Butler, C.W. (2008). Talk and Social Interaction in the Playground. Aldershot: Ashgate
  • Butler, C.W. & Wilkinson, R. (forthcoming). Mobilizing recipiency: Child participation and ‘rights to speak’ in multi-party family interaction. Journal of Pragmatics
  • Butler, C.W., Danby, S., & Emmison, M. (forthcoming). Empowerment as practical action: Avoiding giving advice in telephone counselling for children and young people. To appear in F. Chevalier & J. Moore (Eds.). Constraints and Interactional Restrictions in Institutional Talk: Studies in Conversation Analysis with John Benjamins.
  • Butler, C.W., Danby, S., & Emmison, M. (2011). Address terms in turn beginnings: Managing disalignment and disaffiliation in telephone counselling. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 44 (4).
  • Butler, C.W. & Fitzgerald, R. (2011). “My f***ing personality”: swearing as slips and gaffes in live television broadcasts. Text & Talk, 31(5), 525–551
  • Emmison, M. Butler, C.W. & Danby, S. (2011). Script proposals: A device for empowering clients in counselling. Discourse Studies 13/1: 3-26
  • Danby, S., Butler, C.W. & Emmison, M. (2011).  “Have you talked with a teacher yet?”: Helpline counsellors supporting young people calling about being bullied at school. Children & Society, 25(4), 328-339.
  • Llewellyn, N. & Butler, C.W. (2011) Walking out on air. Research on Language & Social Interaction, 44(1), 44-64.
  • Butler C.W. & Weatherall, A. (2011) Accomplishing a cross-gender identity: a case of passing in children’s talk-in-interaction. In: Susan A. Speer, Elizabeth Stokoe, eds. Conversation and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 231-249
  • Butler, C.W., Potter, J., Danby, S., Emmison, M. & Hepburn, A. (2010). Advice Implicative Interrogatives: Building ‘client-centred support’ in a children’s helpline. Social Psychology Quarterly, 73(3), 265–287.
  • Butler, C.W. & Fitzgerald, R. (2010). Membership-in-action: Operative identities in a family meal. Journal of Pragmatics, 42(9), 2462-2474.
  • Butler, C.W., Danby, S., Emmison, M., & Thorpe, K. (2009). Managing medical advice seeking in calls to Child Health Line. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(6), 817-834 [Special Issue on Communication in Healthcare Settings: Policy, Participation and New Technologies’, edited by A. Pilnick, J. Hindmarsh & V.T. Gill. Also published as a monograph].
  • Butler, C.W., Fitzgerald, R. & Gardner, R. (2009). Introduction. Branching Out: Ethnomethodological Approaches to Communication. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication, 36(3), 1-14.
  • Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W. & Butler, C.W. (2009). Omnirelevance and interactional context. Australian Journal of Communication, 36(3), 45-64.  
  • Danby, S., Butler, C.W. & Emmison, M. (2009). When ‘listeners can’t talk”:  Comparing active listening in opening sequences of telephone and online counselling. Australian Journal of Communication, 36(3), 91-114.
  • Butler, C. & Weatherall, A. (2006). ‘No, we’re not playing families’: Membership categorisation in children’s play’, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 39(4), 441-470.
  • Wilson, M.S., Weatherall, A, & Butler, C. (2004). A rhetorical approach to discussions about health and vegetarianism. Journal of Health Psychology, 9(4), 567-581.