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Slips of the Tongue
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Slips of the tongue (also known as speech errors) are unintentional deviations from the speaker's intended production of a string of linguistic units. Slips have been of interest to Arabic grammarians as far back as the 8th century (al-Kisāʾī's [d. 189/805] Mā talḥanu fīhi l-ʿawāmm ‘Errors of the populace’), insofar as they believed that slips provide clues as to how language change…

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Sabah M.Z. Safi, “Slips of the Tongue”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0312>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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