THE purpose of the experiment reported here was to examine the function of hesitation pauses in speech. Pauses were conceived of as serving the selection processes which direct the course of verbal sequences, and as involving acts of choice. They were expected to occur where linguistic solutions fitting the speech intentions are not readily available, or where automatic verbalization is rejected in favour of ‘newer’, more specifically selected verbal expression.
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GOLDMAN-EISLER, F. Speech Production and Language Statistics. Nature 180, 1497 (1957). https://doi.org/10.1038/1801497a0
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