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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214823.1999.x


is a feature of spoken discourse (see spoken and written discourse ) in which a speaker retrospectively changes some preceding item. For example: ‘That'll be forty – no, fifty – dollars.’ It is the spoken equivalent of crossing out or redrafting in writing. Repair may focus on either meaning or form, and operate at any level: phoneme, morpheme , word, phrase, clause, sentence or discourse. Techniques for self-repair (correction of the speaker's own utterances) differ from those of other-repair (correction of the interlocutor). Although techniques of repair are language-specific and an important part of strategic competence , they have received little attention in language teaching. ( 1983 ). Pragmatics . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . ( 1984 ). Explorations in Applied Linguistics . Oxford : Oxford University Press , 114 – 17 . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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