Analysing atypical interactions : Conversational Analysis and AAC

Annalu Waller

This seminar, part of the TCELT Research Methods Seminar: Educational and Life Transitions series, will introduce Conversational Analysis (CA) as a practical method for understanding an atypical interactions, including transcription, notation and analysis.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) attempts to augment natural speech, or to provide alternative ways to communicate for people with limited or no speech. AAC Technology  in the form of Speech Generation Devices (SGDs) provide people who use AAC with independent access to voice output.

Venue: Dalhousie 1G10
Date: 26th November
Time: 2-4pm 


Annalu Waller is Professor of Human Communication Technologies. A chartered rehabilitation engineer, she manages a number of interdisciplinary research projects developing intelligent and multimodal technologies within the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and is director of the AAC Research Group (

She focuses on empowering end users, specifically disabled adults and children, by involving them in the design and use of technology. She co-directs two unique interdisciplinary MSc degree programmes: in AAC with Psychology; and in the Design of Healthcare and Assistive Technologies with Biomedical Engineering.

She is on the editorial boards of several academic journals and boards of national and international organisations representing disabled people. She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year's Honours List for services to people with Complex Communication Needs and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.