// SIS // Linguistics
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison (1996)
B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison (1980)
Dr. Roberts' primary interest is conversation analysis, understanding the coordinated verbal and nonverbal practices that construct everyday and institutional life. Her research crosses contexts from doctor-patient encounters to parent-child interaction, to veterinarians managing people and their pets. Ongoing interests in language attitudes, perception of non-standard speakers, language variation and change.
Representative PublicationsFoti, D. & Roberts, F. (2016). The neural dynamics of speech perception: Dissociable networks for processing linguistic content and monitoring speaker turn-taking. Brain & Language, 63–71.Roberts, F. & Norris, A.M. (2016). Gendered expectations for “agreeableness” in response to requests and opinions. Communication Research Reports, 33:1, 16-23Roberts, F., Gettings, P., Torbeck, L., Helft, P. (2015). Reflection on Adverse Event Disclosure in the Postsurgical Hospital Context. Journal of Surgical Education, 72(4), 767-770Bauer, A. & Roberts, F. (2015). Veterinary-Client Interaction. In Karen Tracy (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Language & Social Interaction. Wiley-Blackwell. (Online pages)Roberts, F. & Kramer, J. (2014). Request and refusal of opiates in the chronic pain context. In H. Hamilton & W. S. Chou (Eds.) Handbook of Language and Health Communication, pp. 477-489. New York, NY: Routledge.