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Pausology and Listening Comprehension: Theory, Research and Practice

Roger Griffiths

In this paper the investigation of temporal variables is presented as an example of the type of research on microprocesses which can be applied to actual language teaching.  Such research is not derived from a strong theoretical network (which all the evidence suggests is unattainable) but it builds upon sound empirical work in L1 pausological studies and L2 input studies.  A brief review of early L2 studies of temporal variables mostly of NS-NNS speech rate) indicates them to be methodologically flawed to the extent that their findings must be discounted.  A degree of optimism is however, found in the improved quality of recent studies, which are reviewed in some detail.  Particular attention is paid to studies which demonstrate that listening comprehension can be facilitated by the manipulation of temporal variables
Griffiths, R. 1990 Pausology and Listening Comprehension: Theory, Research and Practice. In JALT Journal 12/??: 99-120.

Key points relevant to the study of filled pauses


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