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What is a delay?



A delay is an item used to put off a dispreferred second part.

Examples (English)
  • The following exchange contains delays as a repair initiation in the second turn, insertion sequences in the fourth and fifth turns, and the well, pause, and self-repair in the sixth turn:

  • A: Can you do it?
  • B: What?
  • A: Can you take care of it?
  • B: Now?
  • A: If that’s all right.
  • B: Well, [pause] I mean, no, I’m afraid not.
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of delays:
    • pause
    • repair initiator

    Levinson 1983 334–335

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