“We’re running out of fuel”: When does miscommunication go unrepaired?

Elder, Chi-Hé ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3702-5397 and Beaver, David (2022) “We’re running out of fuel”: When does miscommunication go unrepaired? Intercultural Pragmatics, 19 (5). pp. 541-570. ISSN 1612-295X

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We introduce a framework for studying repair initiation in the face of miscommunication. Our aim is to seed development of models that both predict when conversational repair is a likely communicative strategy, and explain why interlocutors would not engage in repair in the face of conversational difficulty. We identify three factors as critical to the predictability of repair: (i) the extent to which a misalignment is (un)recognised by participants (ignorance); (ii) the significance of misalignment relative to some cluster of goals (cost of misalignment); and (iii) the significance of engaging in repair relative to some cluster of goals (cost of repair). We offer a simple method for graphically depicting relevant aspects of communicative situations, and exemplify the framework with examples of non-repaired miscommunication before discussing its applicability to different empirical domains.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive misalignment,communicative strategies,conversational repair,miscommunication,language and linguistics,communication,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86865
DOI: 10.1515/ip-2022-5001

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