An ELT Glossary : Repair Strategies
A term used in conversational analysis to describe the way participants deal with mistakes, misunderstanding etc during discourse.
Repair strategies may involve :
a) Self repair - the speaker recognises the problem and corrects/explains herself. Eg :
A: Go straight on to the end of the road and then turn right at the end, by that cafe. No sorry - it isn't there any more. It's a supermarket now. Turn right by the supermarket.
b) Other repair - a listener recognises there's a problem and queries it. Eg :
A : Go straight on to the end of the road and then turn right at the end,
B : Right? Are you sure? Isn't it left?
A : Oh yes, sorry - I meant left.