Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Third Turn Repair


A third turn repair is a self-repair in a third conversational turn.

It is preceded by an initial turn in which the repairable item occurs and another turn in which the addressee or audience prompts for repair or produces an inadequate response.


The third turn of the following exchange is a third turn repair:

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