LINGUIST List 11.478

Mon Mar 6 2000

Sum: Self-repair Quote

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  1. Caroline L Rieger, Self-repair Quote

Message 1: Self-repair Quote

Date: Mon, 06 Mar 2000 09:05:04 -0700
From: Caroline L Rieger <>
Subject: Self-repair Quote

For Query: Linguist 11.420

Dear Fellow Linguists,

about ten days ago I sent a question to the linguistlist about a quote
regarding the clustering of self-repair. 
Many thanks to all who responded:
Liz Shriberg
Jakob Ladefoged
Rob Philburn
Ilkka Arminen
Mie Femoe

Some colleagues pointed me to Schegloff (1979), who found that like
self-repair, repair-initiation can occur anywhere in the turn that,
however, there are locations in which a concentration of repair-initiations
and thus repairs are observed. This was not exacly what I was looking for.
Very helpful was the following reference:
Shriberg, E. E. (1994). Preliminaries to a theory of speech disfluencies.
Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
She found:
1. that self-repairs tend to co-occur and
2. that the most likely position for a self-repair to occur is within the
repairing phase of another self-repair. Shriberg calls it 'synergy effect'.

Thanks again for replying to my question,

Caroline Lea Rieger

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