Wednesday, February 25, 1998 at 02:17:16
This is such a cool topic! I as well as most people that I know do this all the time. I have just simply thought that filling in time between words is just an escape from that dreaded silence--at least in most situations. However, your findings are phenomenal!
Actually, there are probably many cases where a filled pause is just 'escaping silence', as you nicely put it. In many interactive situations it seems that silence no matter how brief is somehow interpreted as a flaw and is discomforting for all participants. However, many times the filled pause is merely an indicator that thinking is taking place. A filled pause is not--as some would have us believe--evidence of the need for speech therapy...
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