Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 51–81 | Cite as

The significance of pauses in spontaneous speech

  • S. R. Rochester
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Abstract

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.

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  • S. R. Rochester
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  1. 1.Clarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada

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