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The Significance of Pauses in Spontaneous Speech

S. R. Rochester

Studies of filled and silent pauses performed in the last two decades are reviewed in order to determine the significance of pauses for the speaker.  Following a brief history, the theoretical implications of pause location are examined and the relevant studies summarized.  In addition, the functional significance of pauses is considered in terms of cognitive, affective-state, and social interaction variables.
Rochester, S. 1973 The Significance of Pauses in Spontaneous Speech. In Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 2/1: 51-81.

Key points relevant to the study of filled pauses


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