Abstract for Preference for Self Correction in the Organization of Repair in Conversation
Emanuel A. Schegloff, Gail Jefferson and
Harvey Sacks: "The Preference for Self-
Correction in the Organization of Repair
in Conversation," Language, 53,2 (1977) 361-382.
An 'organization of repair' operates in
conversation, addressed to recurrent problems in
speaking, hearing, and understanding. Several
features of that organization are introduced to
explicate the mechanism which produces a strong
empirical skewing in which self-repair
predominates over other-repair, and to show the
operation of a preference for self-repair in the
organization of repair. Several consequences of
the preference for self-repair for conversational
interaction are sketched.