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Do speakers try to distract attention from their speech errors? The prosody of self-repairs

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Abstract

Self-repairs of segmental speech errors come in two varieties: repairs of earlyand of late-detected errors. Early-detected errors are detected in inner, latedetected errors in overt speech. Late-detected errors are those in which theword or phrase containing the error is completed before the repair is made.We made acoustic measurements of both the reparandum and the repair, andalso ran a loudness judgment experiment on pairs of CV fragments excisedfrom reparandum and repair. Repairs of early-detected errors but not of latedetectederrors had shorter durations, higher intensity, pitch and subjectiveloudness than those from the corresponding reparandums. It is concluded thatspeakers tend to distract the listeners’ attention from early but not from latedetectederrors.

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