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Self-monitoring in speech production

Collection launched: 03 Sep 2019

Self-monitoring in speech production: Comprehending the conflict between conflict- and comprehension-based accounts

Verbal self-monitoring is the set of processes speakers use to inspect their own speech and to intervene when trouble arises. Theories differ in the modality and manner in which they propose that monitoring is achieved. There is agreement that speakers can monitor an internal channel, but considerable debate about how internal monitoring is implemented. Comprehension-based theories assume that pre-articulatory speech representations are fed into the comprehension system. Forward modeling accounts assume that speakers base monitoring on predictions about the perceptual consequences of their speech. Conflict monitoring accounts assume that the monitor inspects the dynamics within production processing levels and responds to unusual activation patterns that may be error related.

The papers in this special issue discuss these accounts. Gauvin and Hartsuiker review these models and point out lacunae in the literature. They also present a computer model of post-detection processes. The remaining papers are an exchange between Roelofs and Nozari where they cut to the core of several points of disagreement between a comprehension-based model (defended by Roelofs) and a conflict monitoring model (defended by Nozari). Although no consensus emerges, this collection provides crucial insight into current theories, the strength of support for them, and unresolved questions about self-monitoring.

Guest editors:
Andreas Lind, Lund University, Sweden
Robert J. Hartsuiker, Ghent University, Belgium

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