Some slips of the tongue (speech errors) for analysis. Latest ones on top.
7. Betrayal /Portrayal
An interesting slip of the tongue by Andrew Marr on his Sunday show in line 05 below. Marr meant to say ‘portrayal’ but actually said ‘betrayal’. He had just finished interviewing the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in which they had discussed the use of language in politics. ‘Betrayal’ was one of the words they had discussed and it seems like this word was primed in memory and ready to interfere when Marr moved to the next item. Marr didn’t try to correct this mistake which is unusual since most speakers do hesitate and repair. ‘Betrayal’ and ‘portrayal’ are phonologically similar which might also account for the slip.
- betrayal /bɪˈtreɪəl/
- portrayal /pɔːˈtreɪəl/
Andrew Marr, BBC, 29th September 2019 01 in a career that's seen her crowned with every possible honour 02 Dame Helen Miren 03 is no stranger to monarchy 04 she won an Oscar of course in two thousand and six 05 for her betrayal of the Queen
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6. Beth Rigby
Adam Boulton, Sky TV, 4th July 2019 01 and Beth is rigby now er 02 Beth Rigby is with me now ((laughs)) 03 er er Beth er
5. Jeremy *unt
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC One, 10th June 2019 01: Steve Bryne 02: you say that the the man that you're backing 03: Jeremy Cunt 04: I'm so sorry 05: Jeremy Hunt 06: I've never said that before in my life 07: it's usually men who say that 08: so I really really want to apologise 09: I'm sorry
4. Chris fifth
BBC Radio 4 : talking about Chris Froome 01: well it's good to hear you say that 02: because he's thirty four now isn't he 03: and in terms of winning a Chris 04: er er er a fifth erm title 05: which he really craved in the Tour de France 06: riders rarely do it at that age
3. When Larry met Gary (Jon Snow)
Speech error is in line 06:
Jon Snow (Channel 4 News) 01 at Whitehall 02 the Conservative and Labour Brexit talks 03 started again (.) after the Easter Break 04 but (.) our political editor Gary Gibbon 05 is in the commons 06 Larry 07 er Gary 08 tell me this 09 is (.) Mrs May bracing herself for a erm 10 challenge in the summer do you think?
2. Kirsty Wark
The slip occurs in line 04 when Wark starts to utter the word ‘Instagram’ instead of ‘Amsterdam’. Wark recognises her error in 05 and corrects it in 06.
Kirsty Wark (Newsnight) 01 Amy Orben is a lecture for Oxford University 02 specializing in the effects of hu- 03 social media on human interaction (.) 04 she joins us from Insta- 05 er from Instagram (.) 06 from Amsterdam ((laughs)) 07 thank you both very indeed for (joining us) ...
This is classified as a word substitution speech error but there are interesting phonological similarities between the word which suggest why the slip might have been made. In IPA the two words can be written thus:
Both have three syllables with the stress on the first syllable. The middle syllable is the same and the final syllables rhyme.
Classification: Word substitution due to phonological similarity
1. BBC News Reader
The slip occurs in line 04 ‘Tump’ when the target was ‘Trump’. This is repaired in line 05 before the news reader moves on.
BBC News Reader (radio 4 Today programme) 01 the Brazilian president (.) Jair Bolsonaro 02 will meet Donald Trump 03 for talks at the White House later today 04 an outspoken admirer of President Tump 05 (0.2) Trump (.) 06 Mr Bolsonaro 07 has said he’s seeking a new era 08 of close relations with the U.S. ...
1. BBC Radio 4, Today programme, 19th March 2019
2. BBC Newsnight, 1st February 2019
3. Channel 4 News, 23rd April 2019 (about 41 mins)
7. The Andrew Marr Show, BBC, 29th September 2019