14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Sloppiness in Uttering Stock Phrases

Sieb G. Nooteboom

Utrecht institute of Linguistics, OTS, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

In spontaneous speech stock phrases like idioms and clichés are very frequent. It is a reasonable assumption that uttering such stock phrases is more routine than uttering new expressions. The main assumption tested here is that, due to this routine-like character, the production of stock phrases is less closely monitored for speech errors than the production of new expressions. This assumption was tested against a collection of Dutch speech errors. For each error the intended word string was reconstructed and its stockphrasiness subjectively estimated by two linguist observers on a scale from 1 to 10. Statistical analysis convincingly showed among other things that speech errors have a greater chance to remain uncorrected in stock phrases than in new expressions. It is concluded that stock phrases are monitored less closely than new expressions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nooteboom, Sieb G. (1999): "Sloppiness in uttering stock phrases", In ICPhS-14, 683-686.