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What is self-repair?



Self-repair is a repair that is performed by the speaker of the utterance that needs repair.

Examples (English)
  • In the following exchange, the last turn is a self-repair:

  • A: I need a new bolt for my oil filter.
  • B: A BOLT?
  • A: I mean for my oil PAN.
  • The following is a self-initiated self-repair.

  • I need a new bolt for my oil filt—um, PAN.
  Here are some kinds of self-repair:
  A self-repair is a kind of

Levinson 1983 340–341

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