Successful Speaking: Cognitive Mechanisms of Adaptation in Language Production

Gary S. Dell, Cassandra L. Jacobs

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This chapter reviews research on language production from a psycholinguistic perspective. Much recent research in this area has investigated how the production system adapts to current circumstances and to circumstances that are generally more likely. The chapter describes long-term adaptive mechanisms that arise from implicit learning within the production system and several short-term mechanisms that help the system prevent errors, promote fluency, and manage the flow of information so that listeners can easily understand what is being said.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurobiology of Language
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780124078628
ISBN (Print)9780124077942
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Adaptation
  • Cognitive
  • Language production
  • Mechanism
  • Psycholinguistic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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