Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Self-Repair

Definition: 

Self-repair is a repair that is performed by the speaker of the utterance that needs repair.

Examples: 

In the following exchange, the last turn is a self-repair:

  • A: I need a new bolt for my oil filter.
  • B: A BOLT?
  • A: I mean for my oil PAN.

 

The following is a self-initiated self-repair.

  • I need a new bolt for my oil filt—um, PAN.