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The argument for existence of automatic self-monitoring presented in this chapter is purely theoretical. The starting point of the chapter's argument for self-monitoring is a general account of syntactic production. The chapter introduces the concept of automatic self-monitoring by a consideration of optional discourse markers and generalises their treatment to a general profile of self-monitoring and to other discourse particles. It then discusses other applications: word-order freezing, NP selection, differential case marking and phonology. The chapter presents empirical evidence from linguistics that supports the assumption of automatic self- monitoring. The case is indirect and its starting point is the assumption that language production can be understood as a mapping from a (possibly enriched) semantic representation that does not need other resources apart from grammatical constraints which look at the candidate utterance, the semantic representation of the message, the lexicon, and the context of utterance.

Keywords: language; NP selection; phonology; self-monitoring; word-order freezing



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