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Production of Complex Sentences in Monologues and Dialogues

S. R. Rochester and Judith Gill

This study asks whether the speaker makes decisions about syntax in the construction of complex sentences (those containing at least one subordinate clause).   The speaker's disruptions, for example, filled pauses and tongue slips, are taken as clues to his decision making.  Results show that in monologues, speech disruptions are not correlated with sentence complexity (number of subordinate clauses) when sentence length is constant.  However, in both monologues and dialogues, a particular syntactic distinction has relevance for performance, that is, noun phrase complement constructions are more likely to be disrupted than sentences containing relative clauses.   It is concluded that syntactical and situational context are factors in the speaker's production decisions.
Rochester, S. & J. Gill 1973 Production of Complex Sentences in Monologues and Dialogues. In Journal of Verbal Learning & Verbal Behavior 12/2: 203-210.

Key points relevant to the study of filled pauses


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