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What is a repair?



A repair is an alteration that is suggested or made by a speaker, the addressee, or audience in order to correct or clarify a previous conversational contribution.


It may occur at any of several points following the contribution in question, perhaps occurring in accordance with a conventional order of preference.

  Here are some kinds of repairs:

Levinson 1983 339–341

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