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What is an embedded repair?



An embedded repair is an other-initiated repair that is performed by the addressee of the questioned utterance by the substitution of the repairing item in the addressee’s own utterance.


An embedded repair may be a preferred form of repair because it avoids questioning the competence of the speaker.

Example (English)
  • In the following exchange, the substitution by B of pan for the erroneous choice filter is an embedded repair:

  • A: I need a new bolt for my oil filter.
  • B: What size bolt does your pan take?
  • A: Seventeen millimeter.
  • Generic
      An embedded repair is a kind of

    Jefferson 1987 cited by Levinson 1983 360

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