|Title||Commentary – other initiated repair: a window onto the challenges of real-world communication|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Repair, Impairment, OIR|
|Journal||Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics|
This special issue focuses on instances of Other Initiated Repair (OIR) during the conversations and communicative interactions of individuals with communication impairments. The collection of papers shows a range of ways in which these repairs can be present or absent, successfully resolved or left unrepaired. Across the range of contributions, we see three critical aspects of real-world communication that present challenges for individuals with impairments. First, the requirement for speed – in identifying misunderstandings, and in responding to them. Second, the cognitive, linguistic and interactional demands of self-repair and self-monitoring. Third, the way in which the different contexts of communication can open up or close down opportunities to participate in communication.