On the off chance that a linguist happens to fall across this blog...
I've heard that psycholinguists are interested in verbal slips, and what they can tell us about language cognition. Now, I originally (and accidentally, I swear!) typed "call" instead of "can" in that previous sentence, and had to go back and change it. In fact, I make typing slips like that quite often - especially if I'm tired and blogging late at night (both of which apply right now). So I was wondering... has there been any psycholinguistic research into typographical errors?
I would think that there's potential here for some interesting avenues of research. For example, do we make similar sorts of typing slips as we do verbal slips? Do people ever mistakenly type spoonerisms? Does phonology play a less crucial role in typing slips? Perhaps instead of saying a word that sounds similar to our intended one, we might type one that has a similar keyboard layout? (That would be interesting - suggesting that typists might develop a kinesthetic representation of words to complement the usual aural ones. Though I've never heard of anyone who 'types to themself' in their head instead of talking to themselves! Subconscious representations, perhaps?) Do semantic considerations play a greater role in verbal or typing slips? How about when we mistakenly jump ahead of ourselves and merge two words together (as would seem the most obvious explanation of my slip mentioned above) - is this more likely when typing?
That's just a few questions off the top of my head, there are surely many others worth pursuing. Do you know if anybody has pursued them yet?