Stephanie Hyeri Kim Ahn G'20

Stephanie Hyeri Kim Ahn
Assistant Professor
Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language
California State University, Northridge

ACLS Project Development Grants 2020
Assistant Professor
Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language
California State University, Northridge
Conversational Repair in Korean Social Interaction

In conversation with others, we often encounter trouble in hearing or understanding but have ways of indicating the trouble to the other speaker and of resolving it. This project examines the various methods by which conversational repair is initiated when such trouble occurs and the basis for selection among those methods in Korean conversation. It also explores the language- and culture-specific ways that some repairs are initiated and resolved. The project contributes to an understanding of how intersubjectivity (shared understanding) is maintained and restored in human social interaction. This grant will support field research in South Korea.