Language and "Self-Expression" (2)

Sydney Lamb lamb at
Mon Apr 30 17:51:53 UTC 2007

Yes, there is research on slips of the tongue in inner speech.
They show the same patterns as slips in audible speech.
Done by Peter Reich, or by someone he knows -- I'll copy him on
this message. I too have noticed speech errors in my inner

All best,   - Syd Lamb

On Mon, 30 Apr 2007, Johanna Rubba wrote:

> As to "talking to oneself", it certainly does involve speech. I have
> made speech errors while talking to myself (not out loud -- solely in
> my head). There is probably research somewhere that shows activation
> in the motor cortex and perhaps even the speech muscles that
> sometimes accompanies talking to oneself -- maybe someone on the list
> knows this for a fact. I believe I have read or heard something to
> that effect regarding people who subvocalize when they read.
> I posted a message about language and communication on the Pirahã
> thread, but it never appeared. I wonder if I sent it only to a single
> address. If you received a message, could you send it back to me to
> post, or post it for me?
> Thanks!
> Dr. Johanna Rubba, Associate Professor, Linguistics
> Linguistics Minor Advisor
> English Department
> California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
> E-mail: jrubba at
> Tel.: 805.756.2184
> Dept. Ofc. Tel.: 805.756.2596
> Dept. Fax: 805.756.6374
> URL:

Sydney M. Lamb
Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences
Rice University, Houston, TX

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