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A Preference Hierarchy Model of Same-turn Repair Operations in Talk-in-Interaction

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This book studies four self-initiated same-turn repair strategies in talk-in-interaction relative to each other, namely, recycling, replacement, insertion, and aborting. Based on a thorough analysis of a Hungarian corpus, as well as the previous results on another nine languages, a preference hierarchy model of repair operations is proposed that is able to interpret same-turn repair operations relative to each other. It reinterprets the relationship between the principle of intersubjectivity and the principle of progressivity in talk-in-interaction. Saying that the principle of maintaining progressivity also has an impact on the principle of maintaining intersubjectivity (not only vice versa), it supposes a two-way relationship between intersubjectivity and progressivity. It is found that the speakers’ possible choices of repair operations relating to self-repair depend on at least three factors: the function of repair operations, the number of respects in which they override the preference for progressivity, and the morphosyntactic structure of the language used. This also highlights the interaction between grammar and pragmatics. Although the object theoretical background of the book is conversation analysis, the author attempts to show how the methodological apparatus of conversation analysis can be supplied by other methods in order to enhance the reliability of her results.

Published: May 1, 2020