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What is a reformulation?



A reformulation is a self-repair by means of a paraphrase of the repairable item.

Example (English)
  • I need a new bolt for my oil pan, the bolt in the bottom for draining the oil.

The response to the other-initiation in the following exchange is also a reformulation:

  • A: I need a new bolt for my oil pan.
  • B: Which?
  • A: The big one underneath.
  • Generic
      A reformulation is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 329–330

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