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Seven, eight, nine, ten. 08 Sus: That’s better. In this excerpt, Steven first responds as if Susan’s partial repeat at line 4 is a request for confirmation of a candidate hearing by merely repeating that portion of his prior utterance (line 5). It is not until he gets a second partial repeat from Nancy (line 6), targeting the problem more specifically, that he self-corrects (line 7). Susan’s positive evaluation (line 8), shows that she was targeting an error for correction.
This question is seen by Frost as Chapter 2. Yes/no reversed polarity questions “diffident or deferential”; in other words, it is aligning too strongly with the interviewee. The question may be heard as an RPQ in this example because it contains a strong negative polarity item, one jot. One jot is one of a class of “minimal unit expressions” such as “not a soul,” and “didn’t lift a finger,” which either do not occur at all in affirmative statements, or occur with a more literal meaning in such statements (Horn 1978), thus qualifying as negative polarity items.