Conversational Repair and Human Understanding

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Humans are imperfect, and problems of speaking, hearing and understanding are pervasive in ordinary interaction. This book examines the way we 'repair' and correct such problems as they arise in conversation and other forms of human interaction. The first book-length study of this topic, it brings together a team of scholars from the fields of anthropology, communication, linguistics and sociology to explore how speakers address problems in their own talk and that of others, and how the practices of repair are interwoven with non-verbal aspects of communication such as gaze and gesture, across a variety of languages. Specific chapters highlight intersections between repair and epistemics, repair and turn construction, and repair and action formation. Aimed at researchers and students in sociolinguistics, speech communication, conversation analysis, anthropology, linguistics, psychology and sociology, this book provides a state-of-the art review of conversational repair, while charting new directions for future study.

Table of Contents

Conversational repair and human understanding: an introduction
Ten operations in self-initiated, same-turn repair
Self-repair and action construction
On the place of hesitating in delicate formulations: a turn constructional infrastructure for collaborative indiscretion Gene
One question after another: same-turn-repair in the formation of yes/no type initiating actions
On the interactional import of self-repair in the courtroom
Defensive mechanisms: I-mean prefaced utterances in complaint and other conversational sequences
Availability as a trouble source in directive-response sequences
Epistemics, action formation, and other-initiation of repair: the case of partial questioning repeats
Proffering insertable elements: a study of other-initiated repair in Japanese
Alternative, subsequent descriptions
Huh? What? - A first survey in 20 languages
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