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ERIC Number: ED414613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 41
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Delayed Next Turn Repair Initiation.
Wong, Jean
A study examined a form of other-initiated repair which occurs later than next turn, a form which is produced by nonnative speakers of English whose native language is Mandarin. Data consists of transcriptions of naturally occurring conversations from 12 native speaker-nonnative speaker (NS-NNS) dyads, friends who ordinarily chat. Conversational analysis showed that in NS-NNS conversation other-initiated repair is not always done immediately, that is, in next-turn position (Schegloff et al., 1977). On some occasions other-initiated repair is delayed. For the nonnative speakers in the data the process involved in other-initiated repair may involve a two-step procedure: other speaker (NNS) initially receipts "troublesome talk" and subsequent to that, initiates repair. Conversation analysis research has established that participants engaged in everyday conversation orient to sequential order--the turn-taking system through which talk must pass is not a "structureless medium" but forms a basis for how speakers come to understand one another (Schegloff, 1989). Empirical evidence displayed in this study supports the suggestion that small bits of behavior such as "un huh" and the like, do not display or evidence understanding but, at best, "claim" it (Schegloff, 1982). Findings suggest that the notion of sequential relevancies as a resource by which participants themselves come to produce talk which is mutually intelligible may, on occasion, be somewhat different when the context is NS-NNS interaction; apparently NNSs do not necessarily use all the resources available to them for repairing talk. (Contains 10 references and 11 notes.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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