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Hesitations in Children's Speech During Explanation and Description

Harry Levin, Irene Silverman, and Boyce L. Ford

Twenty-four children, six each from the kindergarten, second, fourth, and sixth grades, were shown three simple physical demonstrations.  They described and explained what they saw.  For children of all ages, explanation compared with description was characterized by more words, pauses, hesitations, longer pauses, and a slower rate of speaking.
Levin, H., I. Silverman, & B. Ford 1967 Hesitations in Children's Speech During Explanation and Description. In Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior 6/??: 560-564.

Key points relevant to the study of filled pauses


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