CORRECTIVE FEEDBACK IN NATIVE-NONNATIVE DISCOURSE

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This article reports the results of an investigation into how native speakers of English provide corrective feedback to errors in conversations with their normative speaker friends. We also present other types of noncorrective conversational repair. From approximately 12.7 hours of taped conversations in social settings, we learned that native speakers responded to errors by using either on-record or off-record corrective feedback. In addition, they used several noncorrective discourse devices to repair conversational difficulties: word searches, requests for help, clarification requests, and confirmation checks. The interaction of corrective feedback is described, which shows that much of native speaker corrective feedback occurs at transition points in conversation, not as interruptions.

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