|Author(s)||Ali Karakasi, Sahar Matar Zahrani, Yusop Boonsuk|
|Title||Organization of repair structures in dyadic written exchanges among Facebook users|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Repair structures, Facebook, written talk, online interaction, conversation analytic methodology|
This small-scale case study examines the organization of repair structures in a small group of Facebook users’ written conversation exchanges in an attempt to identify the types of repair employed, and further explores which repair types predominate in the organization of repair structures in participants’ written speech. To this end, a small corpus of written chat logs was garnered from ten undergraduate students studying at a UK university at the time of data collection. The data were then descriptively analysed to calculate the number and types of repair structures in this specific case of communication. The findings have indicated that for some particular reasons, not all repair types that can be identified in oral communication were available in written (synchronous and asynchronous) exchanges, and the total number of repair cases amounted to 36. The findings offer some implications for ELT practitioners in respect to the teaching of communication management strategies to English language learners, particularly tailored for written communication. These implications as well as limitations are shortly discussed in the final section of this paper.