Over-Exposed Self-Correction: Practices for Managing Competence and Morality

Galina B. Bolden, Alexa Hepburn, Jonathan Potter, Kaicheng Zhan, Wan Wei, Song Hee Park, Aleksandr Shirokov, Hee Chung Chun, Aleksandra Kurlenkova, Dana Licciardello, Marissa Caldwell, Jenny Mandelbaum, Lisa Mikesell

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When repairing a problem in their talk, speakers sometimes do more than simply correct an error, extending the self-correction segment to comment on, repeat, apologize, and/or reject the error. We call this “over-exposed self-correction.” In over-exposing the error, speakers may manage (and reflexively construct) a range of attributional troubles that it has raised. We discuss how over-exposed self-correction can be used to: (a) remediate errors that might suggest the speaker’s incompetence; and (b) redress errors that may be heard as revealing relational “evils” (implicating inadequate other-attentiveness) or societal “evils” (conveying problematic social attitudes and prejudices). The article thus shows how conversation analytic work on repair can provide a platform for studying the emergence and management of socially and relationally charged issues in interaction. The data come from a diverse corpus of talk-in-interaction in American, British, and Australian English.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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