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ERIC Number: EJ1167203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1307-4733
Appealing to a Broker: Initiating Third-Person Repair in Mundane Second Language Interaction
Greer, Tim
Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), v9 n1 p1-14 2015
Interactional repair usually involves one or two primary participants, meaning that either the speaker of a trouble source attempts to deal with it on his or her own or else a recipient initiates the repair and sometimes provides a candidate solution. However, occasionally a third person may also become involved in a form of repair that has been called "brokering". Such brokers mediate the talk, providing the primary recipient with assistance in dealing with the trouble, particularly in cases where the recipient is an L2 speaker. Brokering therefore momentarily reconstitutes the participant constellation and invokes relevant identity categories and epistemic hierarchies. Adopting a Conversation Analytic approach, I build on this line of inquiry by examining a collection of cases in which a novice speaker of English appeals to a third person for brokering, highlighting sequential, embodied and epistemic features of the talk in both successful and aborted bids for brokering. The data are taken from a corpus of multi-party dinner table talk video-recorded in a homestay context.
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Language: English
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