CASLC talk by Galina Bolden 13th May 2021

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Dates 2021/05/13 - 2021/05/13
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Tweet Special Online Lecture: Prof. Galina Bolden will be giving a talk entitled "Error correction as a site for negotiating epistemic responsibilities" for @CASLC_UoY on Thursday 13th May, 2:30pm-4pm (UK time). Register to receive a zoom link!
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CASLC talk by Galina Bolden 13th May 2021:


The Centre for Advanced Studies in Language & Communication (CASLC) is delighted to present a talk by…


Professor Galina Bolden

Department of Communication, Rutgers University, USA

Error correction as a site for negotiating epistemic responsibilities

  • Date: Thursday 13th May 2021
  • Time: 2.30pm-4.00pm (UK time)
  • Place: Zoom. If you’re on the CASLC-guest mailing list, you will receive a zoom link via google calendar. If you’re not on our mailing list, you can register for the talk online here: If you’re unable to use the online registration form, please contact:


In this paper I explore how cultural identities are talked into being by examining how participants manage displayed gaps in what they might be obliged to know. Building on a rich tradition of research into error correction and conversational repair (e.g., Drew, 1997; Jefferson, 1974, 1987, 2007; Kitzinger 2013; Raymond & Sidnell, 2019; Robinson, 2006; Schegloff, Jefferson, Sacks, 1977), I show how error correction practices – from “non-correction” (Jefferson, 1987 [2018]) to “embedded correction” (Jefferson, 1987) to “aggravated correction” (Goodwin, 1983) – can be used to negotiate identity-bound knowledge so as to ascribe or disavow particular cultural identities. I analyze how error correction practices are shaped by and adapted to the local interactional context in which an error is made, on the one hand, and to the identity ascribed to the error producer, on the other hand. Overall, the paper develops our understanding of epistemics (Heritage, 2013) as a resource for enacting identities in interaction, and elaborates the concept of epistemic responsibility.

Biography: Galina Bolden is Professor in the Department of Communication, Rutgers University, USA. She has conducted conversation analytic research into the organization of talk-in-interaction in English and Russian languages in ordinary and institutional settings. She is the co-author (with Alexa Hepburn) of Transcribing for Social Research and is currently co-editing (with John Heritage and Marja-Leena Sorjonen) Responding to polar questions across languages and contexts.