Friday, March 13, 1998 at 16:26:20

I would be interested to know if there is a relationship between filled pauses and the phenomena of reverse speech.  (Info can be found on

- EB

You are the second person who has noted possible connections between reverse speech and filled pauses.  However, I am unaware of any research in this area.   Further, I doubt if there will be any serious linguistic research along those lines since the Oate's theories have largely not been accepted by the academic mainstream.   Probably any serious study on that topic will be done by David Oate himself.

For the sake of balance, I recommend reading an entry in "The Skeptic's Dictionary" by Robert Carroll at the following URL.

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