CLS Speaker Series - Laurel Brehm (Penn State University) Language Anomalies in Comprehension and Production
Language Anomalies in Comprehension and Production
Not all utterances are produced as planned, and not all individuals would consider the same utterances to be well- formed. This variability means that comprehenders are required to extract meaning from utterances that are anomalous to them. In the present work, I demonstrate the interplay between what is produced, what is comprehended, and the speaker-specific cues that listeners use to infer meaning from anomalous utterances. I outline two experiments that show how readers extract meaning from speech errors and dialect variations alike in a fashion that considers speaker- specific properties. I then integrate these data within new models of production and comprehension, showing how examination of errors and speaker-driven variable forms can illuminate the mind’s architecture.