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date: 19 October 2019

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When speakers experience trouble in production, such as when they produce a speech error, they sometimes interrupt themselves and resume with a self-repair. There must therefore be a cognitive system that inspects language production processes and intervenes when necessary: a verbal self-monitoring system. This article reviews recent studies that have led to a better understanding of the processes of speech interruption and repair, their neural implementation, and their relationship to action monitoring in general. Importantly, it argues that self-monitoring has consequences for many of the speech parameters the field analyzes: the patterns of speech errors and disfluencies, and possibly also the patterns of reaction times. This means that any theory of language production is incomplete without a theory of self-monitoring.

Keywords: self-monitoring, speech interruption, speech repair, disfluency, speech errors

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