Addressing a source of trouble outside of the repair space

Ekberg, Stuart (2012) Addressing a source of trouble outside of the repair space. Journal of Pragmatics, 44(4), pp. 374-386.

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A body of research in conversation analysis has identified a range of structurally-provided positions in which sources of trouble in talk-in-interaction can be addressed using repair. These practices are contained within what Schegloff (1992) calls the repair space. In this paper, I examine a rare instance in which a source of trouble is not resolved within the repair space and comes to be addressed outside of it. The practice by which this occurs is a post-completion account; that is, an account that is produced after the possible completion of the sequence containing a source of trouble. Unlike fourth position repair, the final repair position available within the repair space, this account is not made in preparation for a revised response to the trouble-source turn. Its more restrictive aim, rather, is to circumvent an ongoing difference between the parties involved. I argue that because the trouble is addressed in this manner, and in this particular position, the repair space can be considered as being limited to the sequence in which a source of trouble originates.

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ID Code: 57820
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Conversation analysis, Post-completion account , Repair, Intersubjectivity , Talk-in-interaction
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2012.01.006
ISSN: 0378-2166
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Pragmatics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Pragmatics, [VOL 44, ISSUE 4, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2012.01.006
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2013 00:09
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2013 23:03

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