An embedded repair is an other-initiated repair that is performed by the addressee of the questioned utterance by the substitution of the repairing item in the addressee’s own utterance.
An embedded repair may be a preferred form of repair because it avoids questioning the competence of the speaker.
- In the following exchange, the substitution by B of pan for the erroneous choice filter is an embedded repair:
- A: I need a new bolt for my oil filter.
- B: What size bolt does your pan take?
- A: Seventeen millimeter.