Joseph Smith was so used to dictating, that he would occasionally become lost in his process. It’s obvious to the reader that Joseph patterned Nephi after himself, or at least after the man he hoped to be.
“And now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried away in the spirit…”
~1 Nephi 14:30~
The correct word should have been ‘writing’ and not ‘speaking.’ Since Joseph was only pretending to translate, he would at times get so caught up in the dialog, he would forget he wasn’t dictating about himself.