Conversational Repair in Korean Social Interaction


ACLS Project Development Grants


Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language


In conversation with others, we often encounter trouble in hearing or understanding but have ways of indicating the trouble to the other speaker and of resolving it. This project examines the various methods by which conversational repair is initiated when such trouble occurs and the basis for selection among those methods in Korean conversation. It also explores the language- and culture-specific ways that some repairs are initiated and resolved. The project contributes to an understanding of how intersubjectivity (shared understanding) is maintained and restored in human social interaction. This grant will support field research in South Korea.