Chapter published in:The ‘Noun Phrase’ across Languages: An emergent unit in interaction
Edited by Tsuyoshi Ono and Sandra A. Thompson
[Typological Studies in Language 128] 2020
► pp. 180–207
Nouns and noun phrases in other-initiated repair in English atypical interaction
A case study of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This study investigates the interaction of one American English-speaking individual who uses an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device, equipped with speech-generation software to talk with able-bodied participants. Other-initiated repair is common in this context, and a few studies have hinted at the importance of nouns and noun phrases, leading to questions about what role these forms play in repair sequences. The analysis shows that when a trouble source occurs inside a noun phrase, the trajectory of the repair sequence depends critically on already produced forms that help the recipient project the grammatical role of the trouble source. The analysis also supports recent research suggesting that resolving trouble in understanding (intersubjectivity) takes priority over progressivity in interaction.
Published online: 15 July 2020
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