You are here: Home Departments Language and Cognition Interactional Foundations of Language Projects Other-initiated repair

Other-initiated repair -

Home

Languages around the world have ways to deal with problems of speaking, hearing and understanding. For instance, a speaker may replace words within a turn, as in But c’d we- c’d I stay up? Or an addressee may have trouble understanding a reference and may initiate repair using a question word, as in A: Oh Sibbie’s sistuh hadda ba:by bo:y. B: Who? A: Sibbie’s sister. This project is a cross-linguistic study of the latter type, called other-initiated repair (OIR). While initial work on OIR in English has revealed a sophisticated machinery of linguistic formats for dealing with interactional trouble, work on other languages is still relatively sparse. This project is the first large-scale systematic cross-linguistic study of the domain of OIR. We study OIR as a system, focusing on its embedding in larger linguistic and cultural ecologies and its use in maintaining and manipulating intersubjectivity.

 

 

Staff:
Mark Dingemanse
Nick Enfield
Simeon Floyd
Kobin Kendrick
Stephen C. Levinson

PhD students:
Julija Baranova
Rosa Gisladottir
Elizabeth Manrique

Collaborators:
Paul Drew

Last checked 2017-06-19 by Edith Sjoerdsma
Language and Cognition

 

Street address
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Mailing address
P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone: +31-24-3521276
Fax: +31-24-3521213

 

Director:
Stephen C. Levinson

Secretary:
Edith Sjoerdsma