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Clare Tarplee, 1962-1999

Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 2000, 14 (5), 405-406.

Dr Clare Tarplee, lecturer in the Department of Human Communication Science at University College London, died on 16 November 1999 as a result of a cerebral haemorrhage, at the age of 36.
Clare gained a first class degree in English Language at the University of Newcastle, and twice received the Barabara Strang Memorial Prize for best performance in language/medieval subjects, in her first and final years.  In 1986 she moved to York and undertook graduate study with John Local, Paul Drew and Tony Wootton.  She soon identified the line of research that she was to pursue not only through her doctorate but also the remainder of her all too brief academic career.  Through her careful and detailed analyses of naturally occurring spoken interactions, she explored how young children can make sense of what adults say to them, and use this as a basis for developing their own linguistic skills.  Latterly, mainly in collaboration with postgraduate students whose projects she supervised, she elucidated complex interactions involving children with various types of communication difficulty, as well as young normally developing children.
After working at Newcastle as a lecturer in sociolinguistics for three years, in 1992 she moved to the National Hospital’s College of Speech Sciences (now the Department of Human Communication Science, University College London).  Here she taught mainly in the areas of children’s language development, phonetics and conversation analysis.  Together with Ray Wilkinson she organized the first, very successful, international conference on Conversation Analysis and Communication Disorders, held at University College London in 1997.  For several years she chaired the department’s research group in conversation analysis, and from 1998 until her death, coordinated an ESRC-funded seminar programme on the same topic.
Through her research Clare made an important contribution to developmental and clinical linguistics, and through her inspiring teaching she fostered its application in clinical practice.  Clare was much loved and respected as a lecturer, researcher, colleague and friend, and will be greatly missed.

Bill Wells
University College London

Selected bibliography
Corrin, J., Tarplee, C. and Wells, B., 2001, Interactional linguistics and language
development: a conversation analytic perspective on emergent syntax. In E. Couper-Kuhlen and M. Selting (Eds), Studies in Interactional Linguistics (Amsterdam: John Benjamins).
Radford, J. and Tarplee, C., 2000, The management of conversational topic by a 10-year old child with pragmatic difficulties. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 14 (5), 387-403.

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