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Emanuel A. Schegloff: “The Relevance of Repair to Syntax-for-Conversation,” in T. Givon (ed.), Syntax and Semantics, Volume 12: Discourse and Syntax (New York: Academic Press, 1979) 261-286.
The theme of this chapter is that the phenomena elsewhere treated under the rubric “repair” are potentially relevant to syntax, if syntax be thought of as “syntax-for conversation.” In support of this theme, I will try to show:
1. Repair operations affect the form of sentences and the ordering of elements in them, quite apart from the sheer fact of their occurrence in sentences doing so.
2. There are structural pressures, derived from those types of discourse organization we term “turn-taking” and the “organization of sequences,” that tend to concentrate repair in the same turn as contains what is being repaired and, within that turn, in the same sentence (or other “turn- constructional unit”).
3. Formal arguments are possible to show that repair is, in principle, relevant to any sentence.
4. The phenomena of repair that occur in sentences are orderly and describable.