Colorado Research in Linguistics

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Syntactic repair is one strategy used by participants in conversations to take or maintain turns, to correct usage errors, or to replace an element with a contextually more appropriate element. Two types of syntactic repairs, recyclings and replacements, used by an elderly native Kickapoo speaker in narratives about her ancestors are examined here. Recycled repairs include the repetition of already uttered elements of the sentence and it is proposed here that the speaker uses this strategy to delay as she searches for lexical items needed later in the sentence. The replacement repairs made by this speaker are interesting for the morphological structures of the repaired and repairing items and for what those structures indicate about the morphology of polysynthetic languages.



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