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ERIC Number: EJ810118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
How Speakers Interrupt Themselves in Managing Problems in Speaking: Evidence from Self-Repairs
Seyfeddinipur, Mandana; Kita, Sotaro; Indefrey, Peter
Cognition, v108 n3 p837-842 Sep 2008
When speakers detect a problem in what they are saying, they must decide whether or not to interrupt themselves and repair the problem, and if so, when. Speakers will maximize accuracy if they interrupt themselves as soon as they detect a problem, but they will maximize fluency if they go on speaking until they are ready to produce the repair. Speakers must choose between these options. In a corpus analysis, we identified 448 speech repairs, classified them as major (as in a fresh start) or minor (as in a phoneme correction), and measured the interval between suspension and repair. The results showed that speakers interrupted themselves not at the moment they detected the problem but at the moment they were ready to produce the repair. Speakers preferred fluency over accuracy. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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